WINDSOR HILLS, California (KABC) — Authorities Friday identified a pregnant woman and her unborn child as two of six people killed in a fiery crash after a speeding car ran a red light and collided with cars at a busy intersection in Windsor Hills.
Los Angeles County coroners said Asherey Ryan and her unborn son were killed in the collision.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a Mercedes-Benz sedan caused a crash involving as many as six cars at a gas station, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Several people were thrown from the cars and two vehicles caught fire. News video of the scene showed the charred and mangled cars, as well as a children’s car seat among the rubble that covered the street.
Surveillance showed that the Mercedes drove through an intersection and hit at least two cars that exploded in flames and crashed into a sidewalk and hit the sign on the corner of the gas station. A fiery streak led to one car. A vehicle was cut in two.
“It looked like the entire intersection was on fire from corner to corner,” witness Harper Washington said. “A lot of sparks and electricity. I had the impression that at first I really thought they had dropped a bomb on us. I thought a new world war had started. Then I realized it was a car that ran into the sign.”
“Once the fire went out and it was booming, I realized it was two cars there. You could see the people on fire and that’s just sad. I’m really praying for the people and the community.”
Seven injured have been taken to hospital, including the 40-year-old woman who was driving the Mercedes. She was injured, but is expected to survive.
The other victims had minor injuries, including a 33-year-old woman and six children, ages 13 months to 15 years old, CHP officer Franco Pepi said.
Witness Alphonso Word choked when he described seeing the pregnant woman and child just after the crash.
‘It hurts. It does,” Word said. ‘Because I have a grandson. I know people who have children. When a mother is pregnant … that child never had a chance.’
Highway Patrol officials said the agency will recommend multiple charges against the driver of the Mercedes when the case is referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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