The nurse named Nicole Lorraine Linton, who allegedly caused the fiery Los Angeles car crash that killed six people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, is now facing six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter, according to LA County District Attorney George Gascón.
The New York Post got the details;
Linton, a nurse with Kaiser Permanente’s West LA Medical Center, is alleged to have been going more than 100mph in a 35mph zone shortly before blowing through a red light Thursday afternoon.
Her Mercedes struck at least five other cars, setting at least three on fire.
Fox 11 Los Angeles reported that tears could be seen running down Linton’s face during her first court appearance on Monday.
Asherey Ryan, who was pregnant, died in the crash, as did her 11-month-old son Allonzo, and her boyfriend Reynold Lester. The family was reportedly heading to a prenatal checkup at the time of the collision.
Two other women were killed in the crash. They have not yet been publicly identified. Six children and two adults were also injured in the wreck.
Linton was among the injured, police said. She has since been released from the hospital and was being held in lieu of $9 million bail at LA County’s Century Regional Detention Facility, officials said earlier Monday.
California Highway Patrol official said the aftermath of the crash “almost looks like a war zone,” describing a scene of crushed and burned-out vehicles with car parts scattered throughout the street.
Usually, such cases are brought if the driver is under the influence and has a prior DUI conviction and has taken DUI education classes. In Linton’s case, investigators found she has a history of dangerous crashes and knew the threat posed by her driving behavior, prosecutors said.
California Highway Patrol investigators identified 13 prior crashes involving Linton. Those incidents are the foundation for the district attorney’s case that she knew the dangers of reckless driving.
Flip to the next page for a breakdown of who Nicole Linton is, the video from the crash, and, sadly the victims she killed.