In connection with vehicular manslaughter, a 37-year-old woman faces vehicular manslaughter accusationsFive people were killed in a shooting incident that occurred near Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon.
California Highway Patrol reported Friday that Nicole Lorraine Linton was driving the Mercedes-Benz sedan as it passed a red light, crashed into several vehicles in Windsor Hills (a suburb southeast of downtown L.A.), and then sped off.
CHP reported that Linton is still in hospital with moderate injuries. She was arrested on suspicion for vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence. The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating her case.
“Our office is in close touch with the leading law enforcement agency investigating,” said the district attorney’s office in a statement. “A prosecutor has been already assigned and will work with law enforcement throughout Saturday. As new information becomes available we will update you. We could have the case presented as soon as Monday.”
Security video captured the violent crash. CHP stated that multiple people were evacuated and two vehicles were set on fire.
Franco Pepi, a CHP Officer, stated that the car was speeding through the intersection at 50 mph.
Friday’s coroner’s office identified Asherey Ryan as one of the victims. She was a 23-year old pregnant woman. Online coroner’s records listed her unborn child as “babyboy Ryan”. The names of two other women and one man were not released, but they were both killed.
Pepi stated that eight other people were injured, including Linton. Pepi stated that the other victims sustained minor injuries, including a 33-year old woman and six children aged 13 months to 15 years.
CHP stated Friday that it was not possible to determine the make and model of the vehicles involved and the vehicle in which they were travelling.
Friday’s memorial was planted outside the intersection. In memory of their loved ones, mourners placed candles and flowers at the spot.
Henry Sanchez, who works nearby at Sinclair Gas was at the indoor register when “the loudest sound I’ve ever heard”
According to him, “The sound it made was so gut-wrenching,” he said to The Associated Press Friday. It was almost like two trains colliding, metal on metal.
He witnessed people running to the cars to help, but they were stopped by the flames until firefighters arrived.
“I recall everyone trying to put the fire out and help others as much as they could, but nothing could be done,” he stated.
Veronica Esquivel told KTLA TV that a baby had been thrown out of the car and landed right next to her.
Esquival stated that a baby flew suddenly from the intersection to the middle station, landing right in front of her. “One worker came to me with the baby, and took it out of my hand. … A person tried to revive the baby but it was dead.
Debra Jackson shared with CBS Los Angeles her experience of hearing a loud explosion as she was about get out of her car for gas.
Jackson said that “the flames just went above everybody.” “The flames just went over my whole vehicle and they told me that I should jump out of it… because I was trying out to get out my car, to go the gas pump. I got out of my car, and my car sat there.
Source: CBS News