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Mercedes driver arrested in fiery LA crash that killed 5

Noah Goldberg, Richard Winton, Gregory Yee and Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — A 40-year-old nurse has been arrested and is being booked on vehicular manslaughter charges in the fiery Windsor Hills crash that killed five people, including a pregnant woman, law enforcement sources confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

The woman, who is in the hospital, was identified as the driver of the Mercedes-Benz that hurtled down La Brea Avenue toward Slauson Avenue between 80 and 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash Thursday afternoon, sources said. Investigators are checking her bloodwork to determine if she was under the influence, and she is cooperating with California Highway Patrol investigators, according to two sources.

She is to be formally charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney on Monday.

The arrest comes as the coroner identified the pregnant woman who died in the high-speed crash.

Asherey Ryan, 23, was the pregnant woman killed in the crash, sources confirmed. It was not immediately known which car she was in or how she was involved in the crash.

The names of the four others who died have not been released.

 

Eight people were also injured in the crash. The L.A. County Fire Department responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m. Pacific time.

Smoke could be seen billowing from miles away.

Officer Franco Pepi, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, said Thursday afternoon that three adults, including a pregnant woman, and an infant were killed in the crash.

Authorities later found another person’s remains inside one of the burned vehicles, he said. That person’s gender or age weren’t known Thursday night.

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