Sorry to hear about your friend.
Locally, a plastic surgeon was totally drunk (3X limit) a couple of years ago and, while driving 90 in a 35 zone, ran into the back of a car driven by a 20-year-old ballerina (reputed to be very talented). She was killed. He has been charged with 2nd-degree murder, and is standing trial this week. The prosecution has to prove "malice aforethought"; otherwise, it is not 2nd degree murder.