WINDSOR HILLS, Calif. (KABC) — A somber vigil was held Friday night to honor the victims of a multi-vehicle crash in Windsor Hills that killed six people, including a pregnant woman who died along with her young son.
Asherey Ryan was on her way to an appointment with a prenatal doctor at the time of the fiery collision Thursday, her sister Seana Kerr told ABC7. Ryan’s 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero, and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, were also among the deceased victims.
“Everyone is heartbroken,” Kerr said in an interview. “She literally walked out the door, because we all live together, and said, ‘Okay, I love you all. I’m going to my doctor’s appointment to see how the baby is doing.'” We asked him: ‘Oh, why don’t you leave our nephew here?’ She said, ‘No, I want to take my son for a walk.’ So knowing that really, really broke our hearts.”
Lester’s family told ABC7 that the 24-year-old security guard was the father of the unborn child, who was listed as “baby Ryan” in online forensic records.
Two other women and a man were also killed, but their names were not released Friday.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a Mercedes-Benz coupe ran a red light at high speed and caused the six-car crash near a gas station at the intersection of Slauson and La Brea avenues. , according to the California Highway Patrol. .
The California Highway Patrol said Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, who was injured in the collision, was taken into custody at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on suspicion of grossly negligent vehicular manslaughter.
Prosecutors said they could hear the case next Monday and then decide whether to file criminal charges.
“I drove to the scene,” Kerr said. “I ran past the police officers just because I wanted to feel their energy one more time. Yesterday, I really lost it. My family was broken yesterday, and we are still broken.”
Alonzo would have been a year old on August 17, his family said.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s mother said family members have set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
Ryan was a homemaker and a student, according to her family.
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The Mercedes-Benz coupe never appeared to brake as it flew through the intersection, and CHP Officer Franco Pepi said detectives are investigating whether Linton had a medical episode or was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Several people were thrown from cars and two vehicles caught fire. News video from the scene showed charred and mangled cars as well as a child’s seat amid debris littering the street.
Surveillance video showed the Mercedes barreling through an intersection, striking at least two cars that exploded into flames and were sent hurtling onto a sidewalk, ending up against the corner gas station sign. A streak of fire led to a car. One vehicle was split in half.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones in yesterday’s horrific car crash in Windsor Hills. This incredible tragedy has shocked all of Los Angeles and the loss of so many precious lives will have a lasting impact on those who are most close to them.Our office is in close contact with the main investigating law enforcement agency. A prosecutor has already been assigned and will work with the police throughout the weekend. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. The case could be presented to us as early as Monday.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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