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Murrieta Man, 19, Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

Aaron Ellison, 19, has been identified as the fatal victim of a suspected DUI crash early Sunday near Lake Skinner.

A 19-year-old Murrieta man was killed in a solo-vehicle car crash early Sunday, authorities said.

Aaron Ellison of Murrieta died when the car he was riding in went off the road at 2:58 a.m. Sunday at Borel Road and Buck Road near Lake Skinner, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.

Ellison was ejected when the car lost control, left the roadway and rolled multiple times, according to the coroner's report. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:17 a.m.

The California Highway Patrol alleges the car, a 2006 Nissan Altima, according to The Press-Enterprise, was being driven by 20-year-old Ashly Nicole Rodriguez. According to jail records, Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of DUI manslaughter. She was released on $75,000 bail later that day.

Two others suffered minor injuries in the crash and were transported to an area hospital for care.

Ellison was a student at Chaparral High School in Temecula, and was still working on completing his high school diploma, according to Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District. He was in the process of transitioning from Chaparral to the county-run Community Day School, she said.

Updated at 1:55 p.m. to include that the deceased was a student at Chaparral High School.

Brenda January 25, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Yet another one, suspicion of DUI. Teenagers out partying, drinking, driving, and whoever got them the booze also needs to go down with the ship. I dont care if it was at someones house, they go down, if someone bought it for them out from of Albertsons for an extra 20 bucks. Everyone has to be held responsible, IF there is someone else. Only other scererio would be one had a false ID and bought it themselves. Everyday, or 3 times a week, its drunk, oh wait, SUSPICION of DUI. They knew when they got dressed up that night they would be drinking, and they knew they would be driving. They are aware enough to know which direction is home right? But do NOT know enough to NOT get behind the wheel of that car. Would not be surprised at all if whereever they got drunk there we adults not only just over 21 but ADULT adults and not one person turned off the booze, or took their keys. Senseless death, and injuries. She might get charged with Felony Manslaughter, Might, for the premeditated action of getting ready to party and drink, and drive, and have others in the car. Not nearly enogh of a sentence will be handed down if she is found to be guilty.
Anonymous March 01, 2012 at 07:08 AM
She asked someone to drive. They refused.
Brenda March 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Yes, they were all drinking, no one else would drive "supposedly"? She could have said "NO I am not going to drive, we are calling a cab, or walking, or spending the night here". Its that simple and I pray more did that and lives would be saved. But how can we even expect young people to do that when we cant even get older drinkers to be responsible? Its a wonder only one person died in that horrific of an accident. I pray his family and friends are finding some peace in their hearts during the last month. I still believe every single car needs a breathalyzer to start. Wishful thinking I know :/
Amazing Lies March 01, 2012 at 09:03 PM
If the young man had been wearing a seatbelt, he would not have been ejected and possibly have suffered similar minor injuries. All occupants of the vehicle are responsible for their own safety. They could have refused to ride with the driver.. etc. So easy with hindsight. Such a shame teens have no sense of mortality. A senseless waste of two young lives.
Amazing Lies March 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
All that being said, sincere condolences to the Ellison family.
Brenda March 01, 2012 at 09:25 PM
OO, I missed the lack of seatbelt part. That would have made a difference, and very well said Amazing. It is senseless and happens far to often. Life is so short as it is but when you are young you do not know that yet. :(


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