Police Arrest Driver in Southern California Crash That Kills 5

Police Arrest Driver in Southern California Crash That Kills 5

Authorities have arrested a female driver after she allegedly ran a red light and plowed into other vehicles at a crowded intersection on Thursday, killing a pregnant woman, a child and three other adults in a fiery crash. The California Highway Patrol said Friday Nicole Lorraine Linton, who suffered moderate injuries in the crash, was taken into custody on suspicion of negligent homicide with gross negligence. Charges are expected to be filed with the prosecutor. The Coroner’s Office identified one of the victims Friday as Asherey Ryan, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from Los Angeles. Her unborn child was listed as “Baby Ryan” in the online coroner’s records. Two other women and a man and a boy were killed, but their names were not released Friday. Just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused the accident involving up to six cars near a gas station in the unincorporated Windsor Hills, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown LA, according to the California Highway Patrol. “It was definitely one of the most horrifying accidents we’ve seen,” CHP commissioner Franco Pepi told The Associated Press on Friday while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Several people were thrown from the cars and two vehicles caught fire. TV reports showed the blackened and mangled cars, as well as a child’s car seat among the debris that blanketed the street.Video showed the Mercedes sped through an intersection and struck at least two cars, which burst into flames and were catapulted onto a sidewalk, curving against the corner sign of the gas station. A streak of fire led to a car. One vehicle was snapped in half. The car was traveling at at least 50 mph as it sped through the crowded intersection, Pepi said Thursday. Eight people were taken to hospital, including Linton. It was It wasn’t immediately clear if Linton, 37, had an attorney who could speak for her Other victims had minor injuries and included a 33-year-old woman and six children, ranging in age from 13 months to 15 years, Pepi said. A memorial grew outside the intersection on Friday as mourners left flowers and candles in memory of the dead he heard “the loudest sound I’ve ever heard.” “It was like two trains colliding, metal on metal.” He saw people rushing to the cars to offer help, but they were held back by the flames until firefighters arrived. “I remember everyone trying to put out the fire and helping people as much as they could, but nobody could do anything,” he said. ___Associated Press photojournalist Damian Dovarganes in Los Angeles and news researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.

Authorities have arrested a woman driver after she allegedly ran a red light and plowed into other vehicles at a crowded intersection on Thursday, killing a pregnant woman, a child and three other adults in a burning accident.

The California Highway Patrol said Friday that Nicole Lorraine Linton, who sustained moderate injuries in the crash, was taken into custody on suspicion of negligent manslaughter with gross negligence. Charges are expected to be filed with the prosecutor.

The coroner’s office identified one of the victims Friday as Asherey Ryan, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from Los Angeles. Her unborn child was listed as “Baby Ryan” in the online coroner’s records.

Two other women and a man and a boy were killed, but their names were not released Friday.

Just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused the crash involving up to six cars near a gas station in the unincorporated Windsor Hills, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of downtown LA, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“It was definitely one of the most horrifying accidents we’ve ever seen,” CHP commissioner Franco Pepi told The Associated Press on Friday.

The Mercedes-Benz sedan never seemed to brake as it flew through the intersection, and 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 the cars and two vehicles caught fire. TV reports showed the blackened and mangled cars, as well as a child car seat among the debris that littered the street.

Video showed the Mercedes speeding through an intersection and hitting at least two cars, which burst into flames and were thrown onto a sidewalk and crashed into the gas station corner sign. A fiery streak led to a car. A vehicle was torn in half.

The car was traveling at at least 80 km/h as it sped through the crowded intersection, Pepi said on Thursday. Eight people were taken to the hospital, including Linton.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Linton, 37, had an attorney who could speak for her.

The other victims had minor injuries and included a 33-year-old woman and six children, ranging in age from 13 months to 15 years, Pepi said.

A memorial grew in front of the crossing on Friday as mourners left flowers and candles in memory of the dead.

Henry Sanchez, who works at nearby Sinclair Gas, was at the inside checkout when he heard “the loudest noise I’ve ever heard.”

“The sound of it was heartbreaking,” he told the AP on Friday. “It was like two trains colliding, metal on metal.”

He saw people rushing to the cars to offer help, but they were held back by the flames until firefighters arrived.

“I remember everyone tried to put out the fire and help people as best they could, but nobody could do anything,” he said.

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Associated Press photojournalist Damian Dovarganes in Los Angeles and news researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.

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