A woman charged with causing a crash that killed five peopleincluding a pregnant woman, Thursday in Los Angeles County have been arrested, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The driver, Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, was hospitalized with moderate injuries and is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, the Highway Patrol said in a statement
Linton is from Houston, but she worked locally as a nurse, authorities said.
The driver was behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz traveling at a “high rate of speed” when it ran a red light and veered into cross traffic in the Windsor Hills community, southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Thursday afternoon. This is stated by the CHP in a statement.
“As a result of this collision, multiple parties were ejected and two vehicles were completely engulfed in flames,” the CHP said.
Five people were pronounced dead at the scene and eight were hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office identified the pregnant victim as Asherey Ryan, 23. Her fetus did not survive the crash and her 11-month-old son was also killed. Her son’s identity was still pending, officials said.
NBC Los Angeles reported that Ryan was on her way with her son to an appointment with her prenatal doctor to update her on her pregnancy when her vehicle was struck.
Ryan and her fiance were expecting a baby boy, whom they planned to name Armani, her family told the station.
Ryan’s mother, Sharita Randleston, told the station that she wants the suspect in the crash to be held accountable. “She must pay for her actions,” she said.
Safety video of the crash appears to show the dark Mercedes coupe driving without signs of slowing down southbound on La Brea Avenue, a wide street used as an alternative to the often-congested Interstate 405, into busy traffic on Slauson Avenue.
Officials said the impact was so powerful, with vehicles burned to the ground, that they are still having difficulty determining which victim was in which vehicle.
Two women and a man were killed, according to the medical examiner’s office, but additional identities have not been released.
Andrew Blankstein and Erik Leonard the contribution.