Texas ICU nurse, 37, cried in a Los Angeles court on Monday court after being charged with vehicular homicide
ICU nurse Nicole Linton, 37, was charged with six counts of murder by Los Angeles County
The LA County DA also charged her with five counts of vehicular manslaughter
Linton on Thursday afternoon jumped a red light at a Los Angeles intersection on August 4 and rammed into a traffic jam at high speed
Driving at speeds of up to 100mph she caused a crash that killed a pregnant mother, her unborn baby, her one-year-old son and four others
California Highway Patrol said ‘six or seven’ vehicles were involved, and three became engulfed in flame
Contrary to initial reports, LA County DA George Gascón said on Monday, that there was no evidence Linton was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the crash
The crash left six dead including pregnant mother Asherey Ryan, 23, her one-year-old child Alonzo Luchiano Quintero and her unborn baby boy
Renald, the father of Ryan’s unborn son, was also killed in the fiery crash
Eight survivors were left with severe injuries, including six teenagers, one of whom suffered major injuries
If convicted as charged, Linton faces up to 90 years in prison
An ICU nurse has been charged in California with six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter after a fiery 100mph crash left a pregnant mother, her unborn child, one-year-old son and four others dead.
Nicole Loraine Linton, 37, a nurse from Texas who works in Los Angeles, was charged Monday over the Thursday August 4, crash that killed six and left eight others injured.
If convicted as charged, she could face up to 90 years in prison.
Police said Linton slammed her car into five other vehicles while driving as fast as 100 mph by an intersection at Windsor Hills.
Initial reports suggested the causing driver was driving under the influence. However, LA County DA George Gascón revealed during a press conference Monday there was no evidence Linton was under the influence of alcohol during the time of the crash.
She was released from the hospital Sunday and is now held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California on a $9 million bond.
Gascón said Linton was traveling at speeds of at least 90mph when she sped through a read light and hit crossing vehicles at the busy intersection of La Brea and Slauson Avenues.
Eight-month pregnant Asherey Ryan, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene alongside her one-year-old child Alonzo Luchiano Quintero and her unborn baby boy following the horrible crash.
The unborn child’s father, Renald, was also killed in the crash after the car split in half immediately on impact, those close to the family confirmed.
Asherey, Renald, and little Alonzo were on their way to a doctor’s appointment for a pregnancy check-up when Linton smashed into the car they were traveling in.
‘A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,’ Gascón said Monday. ‘There’s catastrophic damage to the families and friends of those killed and injured.
‘It’s not only a tremendous loss to their families, but to our entire community, who learned of this incredible tragedy who watched the now viral video of the collision.’
According to witnesses who saw Linton sitting down on a nearby sidewalk following the crash, the dazed Mercedes driver only appeared to have suffered minor injuries, including bleeding near the head.
The ICU nurse cooperated with investigators, including checking of her bloodwork to see if she was under the influence when the fatal collision took place.
Gascón said during Monday’s press conference that ‘there was no evidence of alcohol use at this point.’
This appears to contradict the statement by a woman who identified herself as Linton’s friend, who previously told reporters she was ‘drunk’ and ‘fighting with her boyfriend’ before she got in her car and smashed into a traffic jam.
Acknowledging the woman’s allegations during Monday’s press briefing, Gascón said investigators are working to ‘further identify this person.’
He declined to give any additional information about the woman and her allegations.
The gut-wrenching fatal pile up happened between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday afternoon around 1.40pm.
Eight people were left fighting for their lives with horrendous injuries following the devastating smash. Of those injured, six were teens and one suffered major injuries.
LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed and listed Asherey Ryan’s death, along with unborn ‘Baby Boy Ryan.’
Tributes have poured in for Asherey, who is believed to have been eight months pregnant, and her child after the devastating collision.
Asherey’s sister, Seana, who posted a message on Instagram about the incident, said she’s still shaken and heartbroken over the loss and condemned the driver who she said slammed into her brother-in-law’s car.
‘We’re looking for legal representation because this doesn’t make any sense,’ Seana said after reviewing videos of the crash.
‘Her taking my sister, my nephew, my brother-in-law, she took my son’s only cousin. We’re deeply hurt. We have to bury four people,’ she added, including the unborn child.
Alonzo’s father Luis Fernando Quintero wrote online: ‘I don’t have any words rn [right now] I’m too much in pain because this is something I never expected no one did I’m going to miss you both and I didn’t get to say goodbye or make up for time lost with you Alonzo my heart is aching may y’all rest in piece [peace] god has gained two amazing angels.’
The family have created a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs following the horrific ordeal.
Witness Veronica Esquival said that she was pumping gas when debris suddenly started flying through the air during the horrific smash – caused by the female driver, who was alone in the car.
She said that a baby tragically landed on the floor in the middle of the gas station before panicked workers tried to resuscitate the child.
She said: ‘I was about to pump gas and all of a sudden, I hear all of the noises from all of the collisions, and then the fire explosion and I saw things, metal and things flying in the air. So, I just covered myself behind the pump.
‘All of the sudden, a baby literally flew from the middle of the intersection to the middle of the gas station and landed right on the floor in front of me.
‘One of the workers came and saw me with the baby and took the baby out of my hands. Somebody tried to resuscitate the baby, but the baby was gone.’
Linton was alone in the car, officials confirmed.
Another heartbroken witness, Alphonso Word, who was just a few cars away from the intersection when the tragedy struck, told KTLA that the crash sounded ‘like a bomb.’
He said that the child was ‘ejected from the street’ as was the pregnant mother, who ‘landed over to the side.’
Devastating images show vehicles left burnt out after firefighters doused the huge flames caused by the crash – after an inferno made it look like ‘the whole intersection was on fire.’
The shocking footage, taken from a gas station overlooking the scene, starts as the Mercedes coupe races past the pumps at a blistering pace.
The doomed vehicle fails to break as it bears down on traffic flowing both ways across the packed intersection.
It slams into the first car, which immediately bursts into a fireball before plowing through several others that spin from the huge impact. The crash sends them all hurtling towards another gas station across the intersection before finally coming to a stop in a crumpled mess.
The pile up came to a stop just before the second gas station over the road, which is considered an architectural icon.
Debra Jackson, who was filling her car with gas, told CBS Los Angeles: ‘All of a sudden, I heard a big explosion and flames went over my whole car. I though my car was on fire.’
According to the California Highway Patrol ‘at least six or seven’ vehicles were involved – and three became engulfed in flames. The highway patrol officers at the scene said the scene of mangled, burnt-out vehicles splattered across the street looked ‘like a war zone.’