WINDSOR HILLS, Calif. (KABC)– A somber vigil was held on Friday night to honor the victims of a multi-vehicle accident in Windsor Hills that killed six, including a pregnant woman who died with her young son.
Asherey Ryan was on her way to a prenatal doctor’s appointment at the time of Thursday’s fiery collision, her sister Seana Kerr told ABC7. Ryan’s 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend Reynold Lester were also among those who died.
“Everyone is heartbroken,” Kerr said in an interview. “She literally walked out the door because we all live together, and she said, ‘Okay, I love you all. I’m going to my doctor’s appointment to check on the baby.’ We said, ‘Oh, why don’t you leave our nephew here?’ She said, ‘No, I want to take my son with me.’ Knowing that really broke our hearts.”
Lester’s family told ABC7 that the 24-year-old security guard was the father of the unborn child, listed as “Baby Ryan” in the online coroner’s 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, causing the crash involving up to six cars near a gas station at the intersection of Slauson and La Brea Avenues, according to the report the California Highway Patrol.
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The California Highway Patrol said Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, who was injured in the collision, was taken into custody at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on suspicion of reckless vehicle homicide.
Prosecutors said they could receive the case as early as Monday and then decide whether to press charges.
“I drove to the crime scene,” Kerr said. “I walked past the cops just because I wanted to feel their energy one more time. I really lost my strength yesterday. My family was broken yesterday and we are still broken.”
Alonzo would have turned one on August 17, his family said.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s mother said family members have set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
According to her family, Ryan was a housewife and a student.
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The Mercedes-Benz coupe never seemed 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 the cars and two vehicles caught fire. News video from the crime scene showed the charred and mangled cars, as well as a child car seat among the debris that littered the street.
Surveillance 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 into the gas station corner sign. A fiery streak led to a car. A vehicle was torn in half.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement on Friday afternoon:
“My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones in the horrific car accident that occurred in Windsor Hills yesterday. This incredible tragedy has rocked all of Los Angeles, and the loss of so many precious lives will profoundly affect those affected closest to them.Our office is in close contact with the lead law enforcement agency conducting investigations. A prosecutor has already been assigned and will be working with law enforcement throughout the weekend. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. The case could come before us as early as Monday.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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