The last two people killed in the Windsor Hills crash have been identified by the women’s friends and family.
Although their names were not released by the Los Angeles County Coroner, those who know Nathesia Lewis and Lynette Noble say the women were among those killed in the Aug. 4 multi-vehicle accident.
Five people died in the fiery collision, including 23-year-old Asherey Ryan; their 11-month-old child, Alonzo Quintero; and her boyfriend Reynold Lester. Ryan was 8½ months pregnant when she was killed. The boy she was carrying at the time was named Armani Lester, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. His birth and death dates fell on the same day.
Lewis, 42, and Noble, 38, were traveling together in the same car that was hit in the violent crash.
Prosecutors say Nicole Linton, 37, a traveling nurse working in Los Angeles, accelerated 90 miles per hour as she went through a stoplight at the intersection that was red for nine seconds. Linton’s Mercedes-Benz sedan collided with several cars, authorities said.
Noble and Lewis were in a vehicle that burst into flames, family members said. Their bodies were so badly burned that investigators are having trouble identifying them, according to friends and family, who said personal items found at the scene belonged to the women, including Noble’s ID.
A spokesman for the LA County Coroner’s Office said the identity of the remaining victims is awaiting positive identification. The California Highway Patrol initially said the cars burned in the fire were so badly damaged that their makes and models weren’t immediately clear.
However, friends and family are certain that Noble’s Nissan burned up in the accident.
Nathesia Lewis’s sister, Krystal Lewis, 36, said her sister is a mother of seven and grew up in south LA
“She loved unconditionally,” her sister said at a vigil on West 55th Street, about three miles east of the crash site. “It’s devastating. Everyone feels bad because it was so unexpected. When I saw the crash, I didn’t think it was anyone I knew.”
Lewis’ friend, graffiti artist Clarence “Moezart” Hamlin and artist Laurence “Stroe One” Hendrickson painted a mural in her honor on the side of her sister’s hair salon. The men painted their portrait in the dark under cellphone light, and on Tuesday, friends lit candles in memory of her and Noble.
“She was just so loving and caring,” Hamlin said. “Everyone knows she would have done anything for a stranger or someone in the community. Maybe she was like that because her mother died when she was young.”
Hamlin only realized Lewis had died a few days after the crash. She did not come home that day, and he continued to call her and her friends. No one knew where she was and all her calls went straight to voicemail. But everyone in the neighborhood seemed to know about the crash and asked him about it.
He said he had started to lose focus.
“I have friends who would come over just to talk to me and take my mind off things and try to make me laugh,” Hamlin said. “But when they’re gone, I’ll be alone. And it hurts and I’m broken.”
A few days after Hamlin realized Lewis was dead, he thought he saw her walking down the street at night. He started chasing after the picture, but when he got closer there was no one there.
Noble’s family lives outside of California, including some in Belize, but she was raised in Los Angeles County, the product of the foster youth system, friends said.
She liked to crochet and made various clothes for friends and sold other pieces.
Known as “Lady Red,” Noble loved to dance and was full of goofy energy, according to her close friend Nea Irby. The two met in South Los Angeles when Irby was 14 years old. Most recently, Noble took a job as a domestic servant. Irby accompanied her to buy medical gowns and shoes for her new job.
“She was so excited,” Irby said. “She was literally a jack of all trades.”
Irby, Noble and Lewis were running errands together on the day of the accident, but in separate cars. Irby thinks about it because she used to travel around town with Noble. She said she drove past Slauson and La Brea about 15 minutes before the crash. When she got back to the intersection, she saw flames and smoke.
“In my head I’m trying to figure out what’s going on,” Irby said. “I’m pretty much face to face with this fire and I can see the car burning.”
She wasn’t sure what to make of the wreck, but there was a nagging feeling that troubled her.
“If I had known it was Lynette I would have turned my car and backed out to stay there until they put out the fire. It bothered me. I just have this vision of that car on fire in my head and to have found out it was her is hard,” Irby said. “I just thought it was a tragic accident. I’m just saying, ‘I’m going to pray for the families.’ I never thought I should have kept Lynette in my prayers as well.”
Irby’s family set up a GoFundMe account to pay for Noble’s funeral. The Lewis family also started their own fundraiser to pay for funeral services.
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