Family wants justice for sister, but won't judge her accused killer

CINCINNATI -- Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a man accused of crashing his car into a woman in Avondale Thursday, causing her death.

Police charged 23-year-old Ryan Culver with aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault and continued their search for him Wednesday night.

Officers say Culver ingested heroin and passed out behind the wheel of his 2002 Pontiac Grand AM. He hit and killed 43-year-old Monisa Barnes and seriously injured 12-year-old Shalanna Wiggins. 

Barnes's family said although they want justice for her, they will not judge Culver.

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Culver and two other passengers in his car were taken to the hospital and released the same day, meaning the would-be homicide suspect would escape an immediate arrest.

Barnes was taken to University Medical Center where she later died from injuries. Wiggins was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital in critical condition.

Barnes, called 'Mo' by her loved ones, leaves behind four children -- two of which are expected to graduate high school this year.

Her sister, Lashawn Jackson, feels for her loss but for Culver's family too.

Barnes graduated from college recently, and was known as the family peacemaker, planner and organizer.

Of the tragedy that took Barnes, Jackson coaches herself that maybe it was her sister's time, but knows she lost Mo too soon.

"She was the most fun-loving person, you could call her anytime, and she's going to make you laugh," loved one Lou said.

"I'm hurting for my sister," Jackson said. "But I feel for him in some type of way because of what's going on with him, that he killed someone. My heart goes out to his family as well."

Her funeral is scheduled for Jan. 28 at Lee Chapel AME Church on Pogue Avenue at 11 a.m. 

WCPO reporter Natasha Williams contributed to this report.

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