Los Angeles, CA – A traveling nurse from Houston has been charged with six counts of murder after she drove her Mercedes 90 mph through Los Angeles traffic on Thursday and caused a fiery crash that left five people and an unborn baby dead (video below).
The crash occurred on Aug. 4 in a busy intersection in unincorporated Windsor Hills, located about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported.
Surveillance video showed the Mercedes-Benz driven by 37-year-old Nicole Linton flew through stopped traffic, ran a red light into a crowded intersection, and smashed into multiple vehicles, causing them to erupt in flames.
Police said several victims were thrown from their vehicles when the crash occurred, the Associated Press reported.
Multiple people were killed in the wreck including 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, who was eight-and-a-half-months pregnant.
Ryan’s 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero, and the father of her baby, 24-year-old Reynold Lester, were also killed in the crash.
Family members said that the very pregnant Ryan was on her way to a prenatal checkup when their vehicle was struck, the Associated Press reported.
“A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón told reporters.
Two more women in a Nissan Altima were killed in the fiery crash but their names have not yet been publicly released, KABC reported.
The speeding Mercedes driven by Linton also hit an SUV with a family of seven inside it.
All of the passengers incurred minor injuries, according to KABC.
There were eight vehicles in total struck when Linton careened into the 35 mph intersection at 90 mph and three of them exploded in flames.
LOS ANGELES- 37yr old ICU Nurse Nicole Linton has been arrested, & charged with vehicular manslaughter after driving 80mph in her Mercedes, running a red light, that caused her to crash into multiple vehicles killing six people and injuring 8 more. pic.twitter.com/KraX6aFVe4— Joshua Jered (@Joshuajered) August 7, 2022
Linton was also injured in the wreck but was released from the hospital over the weekend and appeared in court in a wheelchair on Aug. 8, the Associated Press reported.
She is a Houston resident who was on assignment as a traveling nurse at Kaiser Permanente’s West LA Medical Center, the New York Post reported.
Gascón announced on Aug. 8 that Linton had been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.
The district attorney said the sixth murder charge was for the death of Ryan’s unborn baby but that the manslaughter charge couldn’t be applied in that case, KABC reported.
Gascón said that thus far, investigators hadn’t found any indication that Linton was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when she recklessly sped into the intersection, but said authorities were waiting for the toxicology reports before reaching final conclusions.
If convicted, Linton is facing up to 90 years in prison, KABC reported.
Linton did not enter a plea at her arraignment on Monday and her attorney asked for a continuance, the Associated Press reported.
Her arraignment was postponed until October.
Judge denies Nicole Linton’s attorney request for $300,000 bail.— MarlaTellez (@MarlaTellez) August 8, 2022
Linton reacts to judge’s ruling.
Next bail hearing set for Monday. pic.twitter.com/IoEhKXb0EZ
Linton has been held in lieu of $9 million bail at the LA County’s Century Regional Detention Facility, the New York Post reported.
Her attorney said in court on Monday that Linton, who was working as a traveling nurse for AMN Healthcare in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, had a “profound history” of mental health problems, the Daily Mail reported.
Watch the crash happen in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:
Horrific CCTV footage of the crash in #LA yesterday that left five people dead, including an unborn baby.— Donkey Junk (@DonkeyJunkMedia) August 5, 2022
Nicole Linton, 37, a registered nurse and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.#LosAngeles #CarCrash #WindsorHills pic.twitter.com/52E0ILbobA