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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.

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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