Shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 18-year-old Ashleigh Brooks, of Lake Elsinore, was killed in a DUI crash in Perris. While traveling south on Spring Street in a red 2004 Nissan Sentra, 53-year-old Theresa Jean Estes entered Highway 74 in front of Brooks’ 1997 Honda Civic. Attempting to avoid a collision, Brooks swerved into opposing lanes of traffic, where a Ford truck towing a trailer struck her. She was declared dead at the scene. Estes, who has two prior DUI convictions, was arrested on suspicion of murder, driving under the influence, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“When a driver violates traffic safety laws and fatally harms others, the families of the victims may hold the driver liable for their losses by filing wrongful death claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 148 motor vehicle occupants in Perris in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current data. Alcohol was a factor in 35 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the city that year. The OTS ranked Perris 23rd out of 103 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of alcohol-related collisions.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Ashleigh Brooks, the woman killed in the DUI crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Perris accident.
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