Windsor Hills: Houston driver in Los Angeles crash that killed pregnant woman, several others charged with murder

LOS ANGELES — The driver, suspected of causing a fiery accident that killed several people, including a pregnant woman, was charged with murder on Monday.

Nicole Lorraine Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of negligent manslaughter with gross negligence, according to the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office. A murder charge was brought over the pregnant woman’s unborn child.

She faces 90 years to life imprisonment if convicted on all charges.

Linton, a 37-year-old traveling nurse from Houston, Texas, made her first court appearance Monday after being discharged from a hospital over the weekend. Linton, who appeared in a wheelchair, did not file a plea and her arraignment continued through October. She was ordered to be held without bail pending a bail hearing next week.

Nicole Linton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, August 8, 2022 for indictment on murder charges related to a traffic accident in Los Angeles.

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Prosecutors said Linton’s Mercedes-Benz was traveling at 90 mph last Thursday when he ran a red light and crashed into cars at a crowded intersection in unincorporated Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Several victims were thrown from cars and several vehicles caught fire.

The crash killed 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend Reynold Lester, Sha’seana Kerr said in a GoFundMe post.

Lester’s family told KABC-TV that the 24-year-old security guard is the father of Ryan’s 8 1/2-month-old unborn child. The family said Ryan was on his way to a doctor’s appointment for a prenatal exam when she was killed.

A murder charge – but no additional charge of involuntary manslaughter – was filed for the fetus, which coroners identified as Armani Lester and listed as having been born on the same day he died.

“A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,” District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference.

Two other women were also killed, but their names were not released Monday.

“While the wreckage of this fiery accident at this intersection has been removed and traffic has finally resumed, there is catastrophic damage to the families and friends of those killed and injured,” Gascón said. “It is a tremendous loss not only to the families, but to our entire community who learned of this incredible tragedy or saw the now viral video of the collision,” he said.

In court, Linton’s attorney, Halim Dhanidina, said his client had an out-of-state history of “profound mental health issues” that may be linked to the crash but were not specified, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Authorities said they found no evidence Linton was under the influence of alcohol, but prosecutors said she had been in at least 13 previous accidents — including a 2020 accident involving injuries involving a total of two cars — and knew the threat of her driving , the Times said.

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