Pregnant Woman and Her Family Killed in Car Wreck Heading to Her Baby Shower

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2015   |   8:14PM   |   Wye Mills, MD

In a horrible tragedy in Maryland, a pregnant women, her unborn baby and her family was killed in a horrific automobile accident when their vehicle was struck by a semi.

Six people were killed Saturday morning during a collision between their vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Route 50 in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.

Four of the five were members of one family, and the fifth was the boyfriend of one of the women killed.

Killed in the crash were Zarissa M. Ayres, 30, of Greenbush, and her unborn child; her sister, Regina M. Ayres, 24, of Greenbush; Regina’s boyfriend, Travis M. Stratton, 25, on Onancock; their 4-month-old son Jonathan Ayres; and Regina’s daughter, Jordan Ayres, 7, according to Maryland State Police.

The family was traveling in on their way to visit relatives in Baltimore when the crash occurred at about 1:15 a.m. at the intersection of routes 50 and 213 in Wye Mills.


The  baby shower for Zarissa Ayres was scheduled to be held in Baltimore later Saturday. An invitation posted on Ayres’ Facebook page gave the unborn baby’s name, Zoe, and said the shower was scheduled for Saturday.

Investigators said the family was driving west approaching the intersection when the tractor trailer traveling south hit the passenger side. The impact of the crash caused the truck to roll over the family’s car before stopping.

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Newspaper reports have more on what happened:

A Virginia family of five has been killed in a horrific crash with an 18-wheeler truck in Maryland.

The group was traveling in a Suzuki Forenza at the intersection of Routes 50 and 213 in Wye Mills, Md., at 1:15 a.m. Saturday when the tractor-trailer hit their vehicle and rolled over it, reports WJLA.

Travis Straton, 25, his girlfriend Regina Ayres, 24, her daughter Jordan Ayres, 7, and son Jonathan Ayres, 2 months, were all declared dead at the scene.

Regina’s sister Zarissa Ayres, 30, and her unborn child, were rushed to Memorial Hospital in Easton.

But they both lost their lives soon after.

The family, from Greenbush, Va., was on its way to visit family in Baltimore. It’s not known who was driving the car.

Truck driver Yvenet Mayette, 28, was also injured in the smash. The Wilmington, Del., resident was airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.