Friends and family mourn a pregnant woman, Asherey Ryan, 23, and her baby boy, who were killed along with four others in a fiery crash at an intersection after a “drunk” speeding driver slammed into five cars.
Asherey Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene alongside her one-year-old child Alonzo and her unborn baby boy after a 37-year-old woman rammed her car through a red light at 80mph in Windsor Hills, Los Angeles.
The driver, believed to be a nurse, was arrested for vehicular manslaughter – and is expected to be formally charged by Los Angeles County district attorney on Monday.
She is co-operating with investigators checking her bloodwork to see if she was under the influence when the fatal collision took place.
Vehicles were sent screeching across the street, bursting into flames, before finally coming to a stop in a mangled wreck just feet away from rows of highly flammable pumps.
A woman has claimed that the speeding driver, who was her friend, was ‘drunk’ and ‘fighting with her boyfriend’ before she got in her car and smashed into a traffic jam.
The gut-wrenching fatal pile up happened between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday afternoon.
Eight people have been left fighting for their lives with horrendous injuries following the devastating smash at 1:40 p.m. Of those injured, six were teens and one suffered major injuries. The driver is one of those with injuries in hospital.
LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed and listed Asherey Ryan’s death, along with unborn ‘Baby Boy Ryan.’
Tributes have poured in for Asherey, who is believed to have been six months pregnant, and her child after the devastating collision.
One person wrote online: ‘I don’t have any words rn [right now] I’m too much in pain because this is something I never expected no one did I’m going to miss you both and I didn’t get to say goodbye or make up for time lost with you Alonzo my heart is aching may y’all rest in piece god has gained two amazing angels.’
Witness Veronica Esquival said she was pumping gas when debris suddenly started flying through the air during the horrific smash – caused by the female driver, who was said to have been alone in the car.