On Thursday, a nurse was arrested in connection with a fiery crash that killed six people, including a pregnant woman and her infant. The crash occurred on Wednesday evening on a highway in San Bernardino, California.
The driver, who has been identified as 48-year-old Lauren Lyster, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. She is being held on $100,000 bail.
The crash occurred around 6:30 p.m. on the westbound side of the highway. Lyster was driving a Honda Civic when she collided with a Toyota Camry. The Camry then caught fire, killing the driver and five passengers.
The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Erica Higgins, who was pregnant, and her unborn child; 29-year-old Christopher Higgins; 24-year-old Olivia Culbreath; and Culbreath’s sister, 24-year-old Kristin Young. The fifth victim has not yet been identified.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but authorities say Lyster was driving erratically prior to the collision. They are also investigating whether or not she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
This is a tragic and devastating loss for the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.