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Windsor Hills crash: Vigil honors victims of horrific Windsor Hills crash

Written by Javed Iqbal

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 a prenatal doctor’s appointment at the time of the violent collision Thursday, her sister Sha’seana Kerr told ABC7. Ryan’s 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, were also among the deceased victims.

“Everybody is devastated,” Kerr said in an interview. “She literally walked out the door because we all live together and she said, ‘Ok, I love you guys. I’m going to my doctor’s appointment to check on the baby.’ We asked, ‘Oh, why don’t you leave our nephew here?’ She said, ‘No, I want my son with me for a ride.’ So to know that really, really broke our hearts.”

Lester’s family told ABC7 the 24-year-old security guard was the father of the unborn child, who was listed as “baby boy Ryan” in 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 a high rate of speed and caused the crash involving as many as six cars near a gas station at the intersection of Slauson and La Brea, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The California Highway Patrol said 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton, who was injured in the collision, was arrested at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Prosecutors said they could receive the case as early as next Monday and will then decide whether to file criminal charges.

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“I drove to the scene,” Kerr said. “I ran past the police officers just because I wanted to feel her energy one more time. Yesterday I really lost it. My family was devastated yesterday and we are still devastated.”

Alonzo would have turned one on Aug. 17, his family said.

Meanwhile, Ryan’s mother said family members have set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

Ryan was a stay-at-home mom and student, according to her family.

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The Mercedes-Benz coupe never appeared to slow 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 cars caught fire. News video from the scene showed the charred and destroyed cars as well as a stroller seat among the debris that covered the street.

Surveillance video showed the Mercedes driving through an intersection and hitting at least two cars that exploded into flames and were sent hurtling onto a sidewalk that wound up toward the gas station’s corner sign. A flaming line led to the one car. A vehicle was torn 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 the horrific car crash that occurred yesterday in Windsor Hills. This incredible tragedy has sent shock waves throughout Los Angeles and the loss of so many precious lives will have a lasting impact on those closest to them.Our office is in close contact with the lead law enforcement agency investigating. A prosecutor has already been appointed and will work with law enforcement throughout the weekend. We will provide updates as more information becomes available. The case can be submitted to us as early as Monday.’

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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