Zarissa Ayres


A pregnant woman was killed on the way to her baby shower when a tractor trailer crashed into her car killing her and four other family members. The woman, identified as Zarissa Ayres, was traveling from Virginia to Maryland when her Suzuki Forenza was hit by a tractor trailer near an intersection, WMAR reported.

Four of the five were members of one family, and the fifth was the boyfriend of one of the pregnant 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, of Onancock; their 2-month-old son Jonathan Ayres; and Regina’s daughter, Jordan Ayres, 7, according to police.

According to a announcement posted on Zarissa Ayres’s Facebook page, her baby shower was scheduled to be held that afternoon in Baltimore.

The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as Yvenet Mayette, 28, of Delaware. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. The cause is under investigation. No charges were filed.

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  • Kiah G.

    I literally just cried reading this. Life is entirely too complicated and complex to even begin to understand how so many people could be wiped out in an instant. A 2-month and 7 year old, a pregnant woman and her unborn child, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend in route to her baby shower. No….I don’t understand. This is painful.

  • dirtychai

    I can’t imagine the grief this family must be going through. Please be careful on the roads and highways, especially around tractor trailers. I have had too many close calls sharing the road with them.

  • Ms. Vee

    OMG!! Rest in Peace! Such a beautiful mother and family taken too soon. My heart goes out to the rest of the members.