WINDSOR HILLS, California (KABC) – A grim vigil was held on Friday night to honor the victims of a multi-vehicle accident 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 Thursday’s violent collision, her sister Seana Kerr told ABC7. Among the deceased victims were also Ryan’s 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero, and his boyfriend, Reynold Lester.
“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. I’m going to my doctor’s appointment to check on the baby.’ We asked, ‘Oh, why don’t you leave our grandson here?’ She said, ‘No, I want to take my son for a ride.’ So knowing that really, she 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 “newborn Ryan” in the coroner’s online records.
Two other women and a man were also killed but their names were not made public on Friday.
Shortly after 1:30 pm on Thursday, a Mercedes-Benz coupe turned red at high speed and caused the accident involving up to six cars near a gas station at the intersection of Slauson and La Brea Avenue , according to the California Highway Patrol.
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California Highway Patrol said 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton, injured in the collision, was taken into custody at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on charges of negligent manslaughter.
Prosecutors said they could receive the case as early as next Monday and will then decide whether to file a criminal charge.
“I went on the spot,” Kerr said. “I passed the police officers only because I wanted to feel his energy once again. I really lost him 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 created a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
Ryan was a stay-at-home mother and a student, according to her family.
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The Mercedes-Benz coupe never seemed to brake as it flew through the intersection, and CHP officer Franco Pepi said investigators are looking into 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. The news video from the scene showed charred and mutilated cars, as well as a child’s seat in the debris lining the road.
Surveillance video showed the Mercedes swerving through an intersection, hitting at least two cars that exploded into flames and were crashed onto a sidewalk, crashing into the corner sign of the gas station. A series of fire resulted in a car. A vehicle was ripped 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 yesterday’s horrific car collision in Windsor Hills. This incredible tragedy sent shockwaves across 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 law enforcement who are investigating. 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 be presented to us as early as Monday. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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