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.

Badangel December 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Whats the difference, legal not legal an innocent life was lost due to a drunk driver. YOU STUPID MORRON !
Reverend Smith December 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
The drunk driver's name was "Theresa Jean Estes". Just another LE WT hillbilly. Can you read?
Reverend Smith December 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
A good place for a drunk driver checkpoint would be the top of the hill where Hwy 74 goes towards Perris from the 15. The police probbly don't want to put one there because they couldn't handle the crushing numbers of drunk drivers, unlicensed drivers, parolees with warrants, maryjane transports and unregistered vehicles that travel that route. But that stretch is still the deadliest stretch of road around. Blood Alley they've called it a long time. The second lane has only made it easier to go faster. They used to have protesters of grieving loved ones of the casualties of that road every year standing by the roadside holding signs calling for stoplights, lighting, more police patrols etc. Another tragedy takes a young, innocent life. My condolences.
Constant Comment December 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Brooks family on the loss of their daughter Ashleigh. I pray that you keep her memory alive in your hearts & that it won't be too long before your tears of sadness turn into smiles of joy, in remembrance of her short life. Take good care.
Ken December 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Amazing how you never hear of a driver under the ihfluence of MJ killing people. Maybe it's because they get to hungry to drive. Hmmmm! But lately it seems as all the killings are done by drunken woman.
Rick December 11, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I will be attending the funeral on Friday. Lets pray for the family as they walk through this tragedy.
Caring Resident December 11, 2012 at 05:23 AM
This was an accident. Very very sad accident. The driver also has family that has been affected by this horrible accident. So many lives touched by this. She is not a bad person, just made a bad choice!!! And, Reverend Smith, she was not a LE WT Hillbilly.... Have some compassion, your blood is the same color as her's!!!!!
Theotis December 11, 2012 at 05:28 AM
So sad.was the drunk driver from lake smellsomeMore?
Theotis December 11, 2012 at 05:30 AM
what's a morron ?
Constant Comment December 11, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Why don't you ask your mirror, mirror on the wall ? This is a thread for condolences, have some respect! There are plenty of other threads where you can write your nonsense.
censored messenger December 11, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Who decided this is a thread for condolences? You? We need to find out how to make sure these killer drunks stop slaughtering our children.
Marshall December 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Getting in a car intoxicated is no accident. She made the choice and now a young women is dead. This drunk driver deserves to rot in prison and then some. Least her family doesn't have to deal with mourning the life that was taken from them. They can visit this awful human in prison.
Georgia Zermeno December 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
@caring resident. ACCIDENT? Really? How many DUI's did she have? She just finished the classes...and the judge told her that if she gets behind the wheel again, and kills someone she would be charged with Murder. So what? It took her murdering a young girl to believe the consequences? This was not an accident. She wants to drink ok, let her, but she could have walked, rode a bike or taken a bus...she had plenty of warnings, education...she could just care less about anyone but herself, and now she has taken away a beautiful girl from her family. It was not an accident.
dennis December 11, 2012 at 03:53 PM
They didn't mention that honda caught on fire and the ford truck was really a dump truck with a backhoe trailer.That poor girl never had a chance.
American Girl December 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Even one DUI should keep someone off the road for at least a year. The sentence needs to be more harsh! Washing cop cars, picking up trash, etc....
Jason EHS '99 December 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Just because someone is "legally" drunk doesn't mean they really are drunk. Ive been "legally" drunk several times and have been able to fully function. However, im sure everyone says that. A 25 dollar cab is cheaper than the 10000 dollars for a dui and or the thoughts of harming someone or killing someone. I wouldnt want to have that on my shoulders for the rest of my life. RIP Ash. You will be misses little one
QUEEN December 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
An accident, is where there is no intent. When,you get behind the wheel while under the influence,that is no accident.
doug brasil December 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
How is she a good person in 1992 and 2010 she played guilty to 2 misdemeanor DUI'S. She was sentenced to 3 years probation and 6 days in jail and had to complete a DUI class. The judge told her if she was to continue to drink and drive and ever cause an accident involving a death of somebody that he would charge her with murder
doug brasil December 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM
This was not an accident this was the Pier stupidity of somebody that decided they wanted to drink and drive on numerous occasions and ended up takeing the life of my niece. Who cares about the family of this lady I hope she rots in hell for what she did
censored messenger December 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
In the country I was raised in? The neighbors would have dragged her fat ass out of that vehicle and beaten her until the Police stopped them..a blinded drunk won't be driving again... Why can't you homeowners start behaving like most people in the world? I love this country but I just don't understand how you keep allowing these murderers to function? Vigilante action=instant justice.....
Danielle Hall December 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Because here in the great country of America, we would be sued by her family for causing harm. It's a great country, that has it's HUGE downfalls. I pray that the family of the poor girl can find some peace (although a parent should NEVER have to bury their child)! For Caring Resident...if the woman who was the drunk driver is a family member of yours, I hope you can find peace in knowing that your family member took a life! And of course it wasn't hers she took (it never is the drunk who dies). She made a choice to drive, yet again, drunk. Unfortunately, the other driver who she killed paid the ultimate price for Ms. Theresa's decision.
LBV Collins December 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
At 18 years of age, she was still just a child in my mind. It's heartbreaking to learn about her life ending way, way too soon. Her death is made even more bitter knowing that it probably could have been avoided had Ms. Estes chosen not drive under the influence. My deepest sympathies to Ashleigh's family and friends, especially her parents.
The Teller of Truth December 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Have some class censored messenger. There is a time and a place for everything and this is not it.
censored messenger December 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I would think that, since this worthless, repulsive woman snuffed the life from someone's baby, it would be justice if Estes were paralyzed and blind, so that she may ruminate on her life choices.. At the very least, she wouldn't be killing anyone else..would she?
Ray Ybarra December 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Do you know where and when the funeral is? I was there for the accident and there when she died. I would like to go.
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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