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Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Young Lake Elsinore Woman

Ashleigh Brooks, 18, of Lake Elsinore was killed Friday night after a suspected drunken driver failed to yield on SR 74.

A crash on State Route 74 that clogged traffic Friday night and claimed a young woman’s life was the result of drunken driving, authorities are now reporting.

Theresa Jean Estes, 53, of Lake Elsinore was arrested for felony driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and murder, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer.

The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. on the busy highway near Spring Street, east of the 15 Freeway in unincorporated area, just outside Lake Elsinore.

Estes was driving a 2004 red Nissan Sentra and attempted to make a left turn on to eastbound SR 74 from Spring Street, but didn’t yield to a white 1997 Honda Civic driven by 18-year-old Ashleigh Brooks of Lake Elsinore, who was heading westbound on the state route, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

The young woman tried to brake, but hit Estes and crossed into eastbound SR 74 traffic where her car was smashed into by a 38-year-old Perris man driving a white three-axle Ford truck towing a black utility trailer, Baer said.

The man tried to stop, but was unable to avoid hitting the Honda, Baer confirmed.

“[The young woman] sustained major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene,” Baer reported.

Ray Ybarra December 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
The Honda did not catch on fire.
Rick December 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The funeral is public Ray Ybarra. i spoke with her father and he said it would be fine to post the information and it would be nice of you or anybody else to attend. The funeral information is as follows: Friday December 14th at 1:30pm. The funeral home is Todd Memorial Chapel 570 N. Garey Ave. Pomona, Ca 91767. The funeral home number is 909-622-1917.
Nanette Harper December 13, 2012 at 06:10 AM
This was not an accident! This was murder! Theresa Estes had 2 prior DUI's and was on probation while driving under the influence. She knew what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of her car. I have a hard time finding compassion for the killer of my friend.
Ray Ybarra December 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Thank you so much. I wish badly i could attend but i cant make it. Please give the family my respects and let them know how sorry i am. Please make sure they know that she didnt suffer. Thats hard to say but i hope that gives them at least a little peace. Though i never met her, i will never forget her. She will be in my prayers forever.
Old Gringo December 15, 2012 at 06:04 PM
You are indeed a very caring person Ray. I too, am unable to attend her services but wish I could. Having lost two sons, ages 19 and 24, I share her parents grief.

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