The sister of the pregnant woman who died in a California car crash that killed five other people said the family has forgiven the driver arrested in the fatal collision.
Sha’seana Kerr — whose sister Asherey Ryan was among the victims in the Thursday wreck — expressed sympathy for Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, who allegedly caused the crash after she blew a red light at a Los Angeles intersection.
“I just want to tell her that we forgive her,” Kerr told news station KTLA.
“She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. That’s why she was spared. We understand it already.”
On Thursday about 1:140 p.m., a Mercedes-Benz sped through a red light before it slammed into through traffic, video of the tragic crash obtained by RMG News shows.
Investigators allege that Linton – a nurse with Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center – was driving over 100 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, Fox 11 reported.
Ryan’s unborn child, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend Reynold Lester all died in the collision. Lester had reportedly been driving her to a prenatal checkup at the time of the crash.
Six minors and two adults were also injured in the wreck.
In the interview Saturday, Ryan’s sister said she was her “first best friend.”
“The first person I knew. The first person I probably had a conversation with,” she said at a gathering at the site of the crash. “She’s my only big sister. Every day we take our sons outside and we walk them around the block. Every day. The neighbors know us. Today, I had to take that walk alone with my son.”
Officials on Friday arrested Linton on charges of vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence.
The case has been referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Linton — who has been hospitalized for major injuries she sustained in the wreck — is expected to appear in court Monday.