Sun. Apr 14th, 2024

Woman had three prior driving under the influence convictions
when she hit and killed 23-year-old mother-to-be in Anaheim

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A 40-year-old woman has been charged with murder for being under the influence when she hit and killed a 23-year-old woman who was 8-months pregnant who was out for a walk with her husband in Anaheim Tuesday evening. The couple’s infant daughter remains in critical condition after being delivered through an emergency C-section following the death of her mother.

Courtney Fritz Pandolfi, 40, of Garden Grove, has been charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury, and one misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license. She faces a maximum sentence of life if convicted on all charges.

Drivers convicted of driving under the influence in California are required to be given what is known as a Watson advisement that informs them that if they kill someone while driving under the influence they can be charged with murder. Pandolfi was convicted of driving under the influence of drugs in 2008, in 2015, and in 2016. She received the Watson advisement all three times. The Steve Ambriz Act, authored by then-Assemblymember Todd Spitzer, requires people applying for a California driver’s license to sign a form acknowledging that they can be charged with murder if they kill someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“This is beyond shocking and it is absolutely reprehensible. There is no reason why a 23-year-old mother is dead and her daughter will grow up without ever seeing her mother’s smile or hearing her voice,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “This was 100 percent preventable. This woman knew the consequences of driving under the influence and she did it anyway. As a member of the State Assembly, I authored the Steve Ambriz Act to be able to charge impaired drivers with murder. The ultimate goal is to prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired and causing these senseless deaths because they understand the consequences of being charged with murder and a life sentence. This was not an accident. It was a choice – and it was a deadly one.”

On August 11, 2020 Yesenia Aguilar was holding hands with her husband around 7:30 p.m. while walking on the sidewalk on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street in the city of Anaheim. Aguilar was 8-months pregnant.

A white Jeep SUV driven by Pandolfi was seen jumping the curb, crashing into a metal newspaper stand. She continued to drive down the sidewalk, hitting Aguilar. Her husband was not injured.  Pandolfi continued driving until her vehicle become disabled.

Aguilar died from her injuries. Doctors performed an emergency C-section to save her unborn baby’s life. She remains in intensive care.

Deputy District Attorney Brian Orue of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

12 thoughts on “Repeat DUI driver charged with murder in the death of a pregnant woman”
  1. This woman was a hooker on, a site used for prostitution and sex trafficking, and was known for having bare sex with strangers. Look her up, she was a horrible person with bad habits.

    RIP to Mrs. Aguilar

    1. Wow bruh u must be her schizophrenic boyfriend. Nobody needs you coming in here to say stuff that probably isn’t true. Give respect to the dead. Not disrespect to the situation. Go visit your hooker girlfriend and call her out in person. We don’t care about what she used to do. It’s what she did that is the subject and what she did was unimaginable. My whole heart goes out to her family and her husband and just know she’ll always be with you in spirit.

      1. This is all 100% true. I am not her schizophrenic bf. It was talked about in the safety club on (a secret club not visible to everyone) and her profile was deleted so the website would not get any unwanted attention. I am talking about the murderer being a prostitute on hx not Mrs. Aguilar. If prostitution websites weren’t still allowed to operate because of flaws in Section 230, Courtney would have had a harder time accessing drugs and dirty money and I firmly believe Mrs. Aguilar would still be alive today.

        Here was her profile…It has since been taken down.

        1. You’re an idiot! If you’re a drug addict you can find a way to purchase them no matter what the cost. Prostitution has nothing to do with this case or the way she inquired her drugs or alcohol. Any job one has could afford them drugs! This is not about her alleged chosen career, so shut up! Who cares how she got the money to get loaded anyway! She killed someone because of her blatant stupidity, an innocent young woman that didn’t have to die. Then her poor little baby, if it survives will never know it’s real mother. My heart goes out to the entire family, especially the father who has to raise this child on his own. I hope the give that b*#ch life!

          1. Prostitution has everything to do with this case, the drunk driver was a member (prostitute) on (site used for prostitution and sex trafficking). There is a HIGH chance she was leaving a members house just before this tragic event. HX, as it’s also known as, is well known and documented for men trading drugs (and cash obviously) for sexual favors, as well as the coercion of young girls, teenagers, into sex by men in their 50s and 60s but that’s a whole different topic. At the end of the day, HX deleted Courtney’s profile as you can see here:


            Mrs. Aguilars family deserves an answer why. Why was the beachbombshell account deleted? Was Courtney leaving a high level members house? I HIGHLY believe she was, but then again I could be wrong.

    2. That website looks like a pedophile sex cult that you hear about in the news. I want to create an account to see what it is but I’m too scared. How do you know all of this?

      1. It IS a site that pedophiles use. Humaniplex does absolutely nothing to verify that members are over 18, some girls will create an account and bring in their underage friends that way they can’t be seen by non-members. Male humaniplex members go on online forums bragging about hooking up with HX girls that are still in High School or just graduated HS claiming they are the easiest to coerce into unsafe acts.

        Out of respect for Mrs. Aguilar, her family, and this story, I will be creating a separate page on reddit where I will be posting screenshots of the safety club, how girls are sold, as well as details on the upcoming cult sex orgy hosted by member Vikings4 going on in Westminster on Monday 08/24/20. 10 female members and 16 male members will be in attendance. I will also be outside the cult orgy on Monday attempting to interview the leaving members, which will go up on my YouTube channel. Links will be posted here soon, I still need to get a go ahead for filming. Also, still no response as to why deleted Courtney’s “Beachbombshell” account.

  2. She has a lot issues… maybe she’s being abused… And trafficked for sex… Doesn’t excuse her driving drunk though. Horrible loss for this family w baby… It means we need to have more expanded social services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol… And typically these types of people have been subjected to the harder aspects of living. Question why do you know about this website? It seems like it’s underground…

    1. Message Hulakong on HX to gain entry into the safety club, you will need to prove you are not a cop first though. You can’t have law enforcement in the safety club, too much information. Cost $25 to join the site, via gift card or bitcoin. I wonder why you can’t use a debit card though, the site doesn’t have any illegal activities going on.

  3. For all you people who keep responding to the prostitution comment from the first gentleman who’s an idiot has no sense it’s not about that it’s about human lives here not what Courtney has done not her past not a present or future those are her choices those are her that’s her life and leave her the f*** alone quit trying to figure out her problems or her past or her life you should be focused on the subject at hand here she had a problem who knows nobody knows the in-depth of her life or her style so leave her alone you guys can’t be that ignorant and illiterate to really keep going on with this conversation about prostitution if you had any sense at all you would be trying to diffuse the subject of the conversation of prostitution and trying to discuss a little bit more about how people can help who are you to judge like somebody said you don’t know her one’s perfect but to sit here and keep the conversation going about prostitution and one’s habits come on guys get over it. Yes I know Courtney very well
    She’s a great gal with a great personality and smart funny I’m proud I’m sure she didn’t plan it like this it was something that just happened none of us are perfect so grow up

    1. Yes.. great girl.. murdered a woman and nearly her unborn baby by being a reckless idiot. Bet she was great with all her previous dui incidents as well right? I dont care if she was a hooker or a Nun. Her actions are what I’m judging.

      Maybe show some respect to the dead and not use this forum to defend a murderer.. just saying

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