Posted on February 28, 2024

‘Killer’ St Louis Driver Is Freed on Bond After Running Red Light and Plowing into Mom and Daughter

Will Potter, Daily Mail, February 26, 2024

Horrific surveillance footage captured the moment a mom and daughter were fatally ran down by a speeding motorist running 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 plowed into them at the intersection.

Two other teen girls and a 61-year-old woman were also injured in the crash, which saw Henderson collide with several other vehicles as he blew through the lights.

Police say he was speeding at over 70mph when he allegedly caused the tragedy.

However, Judge Annette Llewellyn overlooked a probable cause statement arguing he is a danger to the community, allowing him to be freed on a $20,000 bail, according to STL Today.

Henderson’s bail sparked outrage online after the shocking footage of the crash went viral.

Reported court records showed he was freed two days later after posting 10 percent of his $200,000 bond.

He is facing two counts of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the deaths of the mother and daughter.

Cops say he blew through the stop lights on Olive Street in the center of the city, with the footage showing the red light at the same time he sped past the intersection in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He was seen travelling at a high rate of speed before initially colliding with the front bumper of another car, which led him to careen into Bracero and Cordova.

Bracero was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cordova died shortly after being rushed to hospital, police said.

Henderson was also hospitalized in the crash and was listed as being in critical condition at the time.

In his charging documents, St Louis police officer Matthew Wieczorek argued that Henderson should remain in custody as he was believed to be a danger to the community and would likely not appear for a summons.

But Llewellyn disagreed, and set his bond at $200,000, or 10 percent cash, as he has no prior felonies.

After the charges were brought, Henderson’s attorney said in a statement: ‘This is a very tragic accident, Monte is very upstanding young man; involved in academics and sports.’

In response, St Louis Police Chief Robert Tracy told the St Louis Business Journal: ‘He’s going to be held accountable. He destroyed families, killed two people.’

Llewellyn previously faced backlash in 2018 after sentencing a woman to only two years’ probation, when one of her daughters fatally shot their sibling when she left a loaded gun out and passed out on drugs, reported STL Today.

She also faced scrutiny after allowing a man accused of domestic assault against his wife out on 10 percent of a $20,000 bond in February 2022, reported KSDK.

Tributes poured in for the mother and daughter after their senseless death, as those that knew them said they were ‘inseparable.’

Bracero, known as ‘Lety’, was a supervisor at Wintrust Bank in Chicago, and Cordova was at a nearby college and worked part-time at a Starbucks, according to a GoFundMe.

They were known to frequently travel to concerts together, and the fundraiser said they came from a ‘close, strong family.’

‘The family is extremely devastated by this horrific 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 that came together across the country.

‘My sister and my niece were the most loving people you could ever meet. They were so kind and sweet.

‘They spoke of positivity and helped others across the country/beyond. They did so much for others I am positive they received their wings right away.’

Jordan Carrion, a childhood friend of Cordova, told STL Today that the 21-year-old and her mom were ‘amazing, sweet people.’

‘Lety was always there helping others, always giving the best advice,’ he said, adding that she was like a ‘second mom’ to him that helped raise him and his siblings.

He said she had a ‘lust for life even when life was hard to live’, and would give advice ‘even if it was advice you didn’t want to hear.’

‘They were great people, the life of the party, always keeping people up and helping when they could,’ Carrion said.

‘I want them to be remembered by that — not the careless actions of someone else.’

Cousin Nicole Rivera told 5 On Your Side that they were ‘best friends’ and going to concerts together was ‘their thing.’

‘If I’m being honest, the only way I can try to get through it is knowing that they were together because if either one of them made it, they wouldn’t have survived without the other,’ she said.

‘We want them here more than anything but if we can’t have that, of course, we want justice.’