Nicole Linton, an ICU nurse charged in a disaster that killed six in LA, was also involved in thirteen previous collisions
After her car collided with at least six vehicles, killing four adults, an infant, an 11-month-old toddler and an unborn child, Nicole, 37, has been charged with six counts of murder.
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Los Angeles, California According to numerous reports, the intensive care unit nurse accused of killing six people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child in a crash in Los Angeles, had a history of automobile accidents as well as a history of mental health problems. On August 8, six murder charges were filed against Nicole Lorraine Linton, a 37-year-old traveling nurse from Houston, Texas, in connection with the August 4 crash.
According to the Daily Mail, the nurse appeared to have had 13 accidents before she was contracted and licensed to work at a hospital. When Linton ran a red light just after 1:30 p.m., she was traveling at up to 90 miles per hour, according to prosecutors. She reportedly collided with at least six cars. Asherey Ryan, 23, who was pregnant, her 11-month-old baby Alonzo, and boyfriend Reynold Lester, 24, all died in the crash. Although their names were not released, two other women in another vehicle were also killed. Five other patients with minor wounds were treated and discharged. The four adults, the 11-month-old child and the unborn child are all included in the six murder charges. Ryan’s unborn child is not included in the five counts of vehicular manslaughter.
At Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital, Linton performed contract work while in Los Angeles. She joined the care company AMN Healthcare in October 2020, where she was employed. According to her LinkedIn profile, Linton worked as a sales director for General Motors until 2009. She didn’t finish her degree in nursing until 2015, although she began working in healthcare as an “external” at NYU in 2010. On Tuesday, August 9, questions about Linton’s qualifications were not immediately answered by AMN Healthcare.
On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol, which is responsible for investigating the incident, declined to provide details of Linton’s driving history. Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón also declined to respond to inquiries from reporters Monday about the suspect’s driving history, citing the ongoing investigation. According to the New York Post, he added, “We’re not talking about that right now.”
On Aug. 8, Linton’s attorney told the court that she had a “deep” history of mental health issues elsewhere. He requested that their charges be delayed until October, claiming they contributed to the collision. Why she drove through the red light and raced through the intersection is still unknown because she had no alcohol or drugs in her body. According to the Daily Mail, she has obtained crash documents from two incidents in Texas involving Linton, one in 2013 and one in 2016. Additionally, it’s still unknown how Linton, who had severe mental health issues, got it managed to work in healthcare, let alone in intensive care.
THE LOS ANGELES — Nicole Linton, a 37-year-old intensive care unit nurse, was pulled over and charged with involuntary manslaughter after she crashed into several vehicles in her Mercedes at 80 mph and drove past a red light, killing six people and injured eight others. pic.twitter.com/KraX6aFVe4
— Joshua Jered on August 7, 2022 (@Joshuajered)
Linton sobbed as she was arraigned in court on six counts of murder. According to the LA Times, George Gascón Linton warned that she could face life imprisonment if found guilty on all charges.
Judge denies Nicole Linton’s attorney’s request for $300,000 bail.