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Charges expected for driver in LA crash that killed 5

California Deadly Crash
Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-08 14:52:55-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver suspected of causing a fiery crash that killed five people including a pregnant woman in Los Angeles last week has been released from a hospital and taken to jail, according to custody records.

As of Sunday, Nicole Lorraine Linton was being held in lieu of $9 million bail at LA County's Century Regional Detention Facility, records show.

Linton, 37, was expected to be charged Monday with vehicular manslaughter. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

Thursday’s crash killed Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, Sha’seana Kerr said in a GoFundMe posting.

Lester’s family told KABC-TV that the 24-year-old security guard was the father of Ryan's unborn child, who was listed as “baby boy Ryan” in online coroner’s records.

Two other women were also killed but their names weren’t made public as of Monday.

The California Highway Patrol said a Mercedes-Benz ran a red light at high speed and caused the crash involving as many as six cars near a gas station in unincorporated Windsor Hills about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Several victims were thrown from the cars and two vehicles caught fire.

“It was definitely one of the most horrific crashes that we’ve seen,” CHP Officer Franco Pepi said Friday.