Horrifying surveillance footage captured the moment a mother and daughter were fatally hit by a speeding motorist who ran a red light, who has since been released on bail.
Laticha Bracero, 42, and her daughter Alyssa Cordova, 21, were leaving a Drake concert in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 14, when driver Monte Henderson, 22, allegedly hit them at the intersection. .
Two other teenage girls and a 61-year-old woman were also injured in the crash, in which Henderson collided with several other vehicles while running lights.
Police say he was going more than 70 mph when he allegedly caused the tragedy.
However, Judge Annette Llewellyn ignored a probable cause statement arguing that he is a danger to the community, allowing him to be released on $20,000 bail, according to STL today.
Laticha Bracero, 42, (left) and her daughter Alyssa Cordova, 21, (right) were run over and killed while leaving a Drake concert on February 14. Loved ones said mother and daughter were “inseparable.”
Monte Henderson, 22, allegedly crashed into them at the intersection after running a red light at 70 mph. He faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the deaths of the mother and daughter.
Shocking footage showed the mother and daughter walking through the intersection while oncoming traffic had a red light.
In an instant, Henderson’s Jeep Grand Cherokee is seen flying into crossing traffic, initially colliding with the front bumper of another car before crashing into the mother and daughter.
Henderson’s bail sparked outrage online after shocking footage of the crash went viral.
Court records reported that he was released two days later after posting 10 percent of his $200,000 bail.
He faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the deaths of the mother and daughter.
Cops say he ran the light on Olive Street in the city center, and footage shows the red light as he sped through the intersection in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.
He was seen traveling at a high rate of speed before initially colliding with the front bumper of another car, leading to him colliding with Bracero and Cordova.
Bracero was pronounced dead at the scene and Córdova died shortly after being rushed to the hospital, police said.
Henderson was also hospitalized in the crash and was listed in critical condition at the time.
In his charging documents, St. Louis Police Officer Matthew Wieczorek argued that Henderson should remain in custody because he was believed to be a danger to the community and would likely not show up for a summons.
But Llewellyn disagreed and set his bail at $200,000, or 10 percent cash, since he has no prior felonies.
Tributes have poured in for the mother and daughter after their senseless deaths, with one friend describing them as “great people, the life of the party, always keeping people awake and helping out when they could”.
Bracero was pronounced dead at the scene and Córdova died shortly after being rushed to the hospital.
Tributes poured in for the mother and daughter after their senseless deaths, as those who knew them said they were “inseparable”.
Bracero, known as ‘Lety,’ was a supervisor at Wintrust Bank in Chicago, and Córdova was at a nearby university and working part-time at a Starbucks, according to a GoFundMe.
They were known to frequently travel together to concerts, and the fundraiser said they came from a “strong, united family.”
“The family is extremely devastated by this horrible tragedy,” the post added. “The two were inseparable and shared a strong bond.”
After the fundraiser surpassed its $25,000 goal, an update shared by one of Bracero’s sisters read: ‘Words can’t even come close to how much our family appreciates everyone who gathered across the country .
‘My sister and niece were the most loving people you’ll ever meet. They were very kind and sweet.
‘They spoke positivity and helped others across the country and beyond. “They did a lot for others and I’m sure they received their wings right away.”
Bracero, known as ‘Lety’ (pictured left, with a friend), was a supervisor at Wintrust Bank in Chicago, and Córdova was at a nearby university and working part-time at a Starbucks.
Jordan Carrion, a childhood friend of Cordova, told STL Today that the 21-year-old and her mother were “amazing, sweet people.”
“Lety was always there helping others, always giving the best advice,” he said, adding that she was like a “second mother” to him who helped raise him and his siblings.
He said she had a “lust for life even when it was hard to live” and that she gave advice “even if it was advice you didn’t want to hear.”
“They were great people, the life of the party, they always kept people excited and helped when they could,” Carrión said.
“I want them to be remembered for that, not for someone else’s careless actions.”