One of the six victims who died in a horrific Los Angeles car crash on Thursday was on her way to a prenatal checkup with her husband and 11-month-old son, according to a GoFundMe set up by her family to cover funeral expenses.
The crash killed Asherey Ryan, her son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, Ryan’s sister, Sha’seana Kerr, said in the description for the GoFundMe titled “Asherey Ryan, baby Alonzo, and unborn baby Armani.” Three other victims also died in the crash.
“My sister, Asherey, was 23 years old. She was 8-and-a-half months pregnant with my second nephew,” Kerr said in an Instagram video posted Friday evening. “…She woke me up and told me that she was going to go to her doctor’s appointment and that she loved me and she’d be right back.”
Ryan’s cousin, Velma Franklin, told Acesparks Digital that the 23-year-old “was a beautiful little soul.”
“We were pregnant together last year and I just remember her being so excited about the baby,” Franklin said. “This is really a tough pill to swallow because the family is so close to one another. We took a loss [all three] in one day.”
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Kerr added in her video that their car “split in half” during the crash, and her family is “looking for legal representation” because the crash doesn’t make any “sense.”
Kerr said KABC-TV on Saturday that Ryan “literally walked out the door, because we all live together, and she said, ‘Ok, I love y’all. I’m going to my doctor’s appointment to check up on the baby.'”
“We asked, ‘Oh, why don’t you leave our nephew here?’ She said, ‘No, I want to take my son for a ride.’ So, knowing that really, really broke our hearts,” she told the outlet.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Identified 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton, a travel ICU nurse at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, as the driver who allegedly caused Thursday’s crash that left six dead and multiple others injured. According to her LinkedIn profile, she was previously a surgical and liver transplant ICU nurse at Houston Methodist.
Linton sustained moderate injuries in the collision and was taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
Prosecutors said they could receive the case as soon as Monday and would decide whether to file criminal charges.
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According to Fox 11, Linton is a traveling nurse at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center.
The station noted that investigators said Linton had been driving over 100 miles per hour (mph) in a 35 mph zone at around 1:30 pm PT on Thursday.
The CHP said the Mercedes sedan ran a red light, never appearing to brake, and Officer Franco Pepi told The Associated Press that detectives are looking into whether Linton had a medical episode or was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Witnesses at the scene in the Windsor Hills area told Acesparks that the collision caused a massive explosion that sounded like a bomb.
Pepi said that the other victims, including a 33-year-old woman and six children ranging in age from 1 to 15 years old, had minor injuries.
Acesparks’ Julia Musto, Greg Norman, Andrew Mark Miller and The Associated Press contributed to this report.