5 dead, 8 injured in fiery crash in Los Angeles after speeder ran through red light

A Mercedes-Benz running a red light Thursday in Los Angeles, California, reportedly caused a multi-vehicle collision that left at least five dead and eight injured, according to the Los Angeles Times. The crash and resulting fire killed a baby, a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Surveillance footage captured the Mercedes going through a red light on La Brea and Slauson avenues and hitting a lamp post at 1:40 p.m. ) told CBS LA.

“It looked like the whole intersection from corner to corner was on fire. Lots of sparks and electricity. I felt like at first I thought they had dropped a bomb,” witness Harper Washington told KABC-TV.

“Once the fire went out and the rumbling went away, I realized there were two cars there,” Washington added. “You could see people on fire and it’s just sad. I really pray for the people and the community.

While the driver of the Mercedes vehicle has yet to be identified, CHP officer Franco Pepi told the Los Angeles Times that she was hospitalized and conscious. He added that the CHP was counting the unborn child of the pregnant woman killed in the accident, who was identified as 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, as an additional death, “due to rare circumstances”.

The driver of the black Mercedes remains hospitalized.

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Five people, except for the woman’s unborn child, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their ages, as well as the genders of all but the pregnant woman, have yet to be determined. The entire intersection was riddled with debris, among which witness Veronica Esquival claimed to have seen a baby.

Esquival told KTLA that she rushed to the scene to help the baby before a first responder “took the baby out of my hands” and another person attempted to resuscitate him, “but the baby was left”.

Another person, whose age and gender have not yet been determined, was later found in the hull of his car. At least six of those injured were teenagers, one of whom suffered serious injuries. One of the injured refused help, while the others were rushed to receive treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The youngest injured victim was 13 months old, the CHP and Los Angeles County Fire Department told NBC Los Angeles. The others were 8, 11, 13, 14 and 15 years old. All were released in good condition on Thursday evening.

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