Temecula Woman Hospitalized in Drunken Crash Identified

Authorities identify a 19-year-old woman left brain damaged when she was rear-ended.

A 19-year-old Temecula woman left with brain injuries after an alcohol-fueled crash was identified.

Heidi Wise was allegedly rear-ended by Rancho Bernardo resident Brian Larose, 38.

The crash happened on Aug. 20 on Bernardo Center Drive near Maturin Drive.

Wise was in the left turn lane when Larose—traveling 60 mph in a 35-40 mph zone according to a witness—rear-ended her vehicle.

Larose's blood-alcohol level was .36 percent—more than four times the legal limit for driving—about an hour and 15 minutes after the crash, the prosecutor said.

Larose admitted to having 10 drinks, first at a pub and then at a restaurant, before the crash, Konstanzer said. Family members said Larose was supposed to be at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that night, she said.

Wise, who spent her 19th birthday in the hospital, suffered head trauma and has a broken rib and fractured vertebrae in her back, Konstanzer said. The Temecula woman also has memory loss, and doctors don't know if she'll fully recover, the prosecutor said.

Larose faces charges of drunken driving causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher.

The defendant was freed on $100,000 bail and faces six years if convicted. A readiness conference has been scheduled for Sept. 9, and a preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 13.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Aaron Davidsson August 31, 2011 at 03:27 PM
6 years!? Are they kidding? How do they expect to stop drunk driving if they don't do more than a slap on the wrist. That woman may have to live with the idiot's mistake her entire life!
S.S. August 31, 2011 at 05:19 PM
I completely agree, Aaron.
M. Lee Davis September 01, 2011 at 12:00 AM
An eye for an eye. They need to put him in the same type of vehicle she was in, COMPLETELY SOBER, and run another vehicle into it at 60 MPH and then if he survives put him in jail for at least 20 years.
TVOR September 02, 2011 at 05:03 AM
A 6 year sentance is not nearly enough to address leaving a young woman with permanent injuries that will likely limit her options in life.
Bee September 20, 2011 at 06:43 PM
It's sad that these people are not forced to suffer more severe consequences for their poor decision making skills to jump in a vehicle intoxicated while their victims suffer for a life time! Our justice system is flawed when it comes to the prosecution on the dangerous criminals. The should be charged with assult with a deadly weapon and murder charges!


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