LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – A Livingston Parish deputy involved in a crash that led to the death of a 33-year-old Denham Springs woman appeared in court Tuesday (October 11), where he was formally charged with careless operation.

Earlier this year, BRProud reported on the tragic collision that resulted in Christina Estave’s death.

The July 15 accident occurred on LA 16 in Livingston Parish, when the deputy was responding to a call and crashed into Estave’s vehicle, an incident that sent her to an area hospital, where she passed away as a result of her injuries.

An image from the July 15, 2022 wreck that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Christina Estave

The official who was behind the wheel during the tragic crash, Deputy Cory Winburn, appeared in a Livingston Parish court Tuesday, where a grand jury charged him with careless operation of a motor vehicle and where it was decided that Deputy Winburn would be issued a citation by the Louisiana State Police.

After the court’s decision was handed down, Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard issued a statement, saying, in part, “Our office has been conducting its own internal investigation to determine what discipline of Deputy Winburn may be appropriate. Consistent with the policy of this office not to comment on pending legal matters, there will be no further comment regarding this accident at this time. We continue to keep the Estave family in our thoughts and prayers.”


On July 15, 2022, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Cory Winburn was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of Christina Estave. Louisiana State Police has led the investigation of this accident, which was then turned over to the District Attorney’s Office of 21st Judicial District  Court. Our office has fully cooperated with these investigations since the accident.Today, a Livingston Parish grand jury has charged Deputy Winburn with careless operation of a motor vehicle. It is our understanding that as a result of the grand jury’s finding, Deputy Winburn will be issued a citation by the Louisiana State Police in accordance with the law.Our office has been conducting its own internal investigation to determine what discipline of Deputy Winburn may be appropriate.Consistent with the policy of this office not to comment on pending legal matters, there will be no further comment regarding this accident at this time. We continue to keep the Estave family in our thoughts and prayers

Sheriff Jason Ard

BRProud has also reached out to the District Attorney’s Office for comment.