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Woman arrested in high-speed crash that killed 5 in Los Angeles County

A woman accused of causing an accident in Los Angeles County Thursday that killed five people, including a pregnant woman, has been arrested, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, was hospitalized with moderate injuries and faces charges of negligent homicide with gross negligence, Highway Patrol said in a statement

Linton is from Houston, but she worked locally as a nurse, authorities said.

The driver was behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz traveling at “high speed” when it ran a red light and crashed into cross-traffic in the community of Windsor Hills, southwest of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon. The CHP announced this in a statement.

The driver, Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, was hospitalized with moderate injuries and arrested on charges of gross negligence on the count of involuntary manslaughter, Highway Patrol said in a statement.

Linton is from Houston, but she worked locally as a nurse, authorities said.

“As a result of this collision, several parties were thrown out and two vehicles were completely on fire,” the CHP said.

According to Highway Patrol, five people were pronounced dead at the scene and eight were hospitalized with minor to moderate injuries.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the pregnant victim as Asherey Ryan, 23. Her fetus did not survive the crash and her 11-month-old son was also killed. The identity of her son is still open, officials said.

NBC Los Angeles reported that Ryan was traveling with her son to an appointment with her prenatal doctor to update her on her pregnancy when her vehicle was hit.

Ryan and her fiancé are expecting a baby boy who they plan to name Armani, her family told the broadcaster.

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Ryan’s mother, Sharita Randleston, told the broadcaster she wanted the suspect in the crash to be brought to justice. “She has to pay for her actions,” she said.

security video The scene of the accident appears to show the dark-colored Mercedes coupe driving southbound on La Brea Avenue, a wide thoroughfare used as an alternative to the often-crowded Interstate 405, into the busy traffic of Slauson Avenue with no sign of deceleration.

Officials said the collision was so violent that the vehicles burned to the ground and they are still having a hard time determining which victim was in which vehicle.

Two women and one man were killed, according to the coroner’s office, but no other identities were released.

Andrew Blankstein and Eric Leonard contributed.

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