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Nicole Lorraine Linton, a 37-year-old female nurse at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, went 90 mph in her Mercedes-Benz, speeding past a red light in Windsor Hills, California, and setting several vehicles into flames.
There were at least six vehicles involved in this tragic incident.
The speed limit in the area was only 35 mph, as Linton collided with vehicles at the busy intersection, resulting in the loss of six lives. Linton survived the car crash with sustained injuries; however, the others were not as fortunate.
Among the six who died as a result of nurse Linton’s actions were Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero, her unborn baby Armani, and her boyfriend Reynold Lester, along with two other women.
After Linton slammed into Ryan’s vehicle, her Mercedes crashed with a Nissan Altima and killed two women inside. Officials have not disclosed the names of the two women.
The recklessness did not end there, as she collided with an SUV holding a family of seven; luckily, they received minor injuries.
Nurse causes chaos in car crash
Officials rushed to the scene, transporting eight individuals to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for emergency treatment.
While some individuals attempted to help and lessen the flames, others began running and screaming in panic at the sign of dead bodies.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a politics and race author, activist and radio host, who founded the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable. He also lives near where the crash took place. Hutchinson claimed the fire was so severe that “there was nothing they [people] could do. And when firefighters got here, even they had to hang back.”
Ryan’s sister, Sha’seana Kerr, has started a GoFundMe to help raise money for a funeral for her sister and nephews. The family did not have insurance, so they hoped the GoFundMe would help compensate for the burial.
Nurse Linton was hospitalized and held on $2 million bail after the incident. She was released from the hospital on Monday, with her bond increasing to $9 million.
Authorities are still determining the reason behind Linton’s motives, not revealing whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.
Update on Incident
This is not Linton’s first time being responsible for endangered car crashes, as the California Highway Patrol stated that Linton had at least 13 previous crashes.
As of Monday, police found no evidence of alcohol use, but they are continuing their investigation.
Nurse Linton had a court appearance late Monday, in which the judge ordered her to be held without bail due to her being a flight risk since she is a traveling nurse. However, there will be a further hearing next week to discuss the mail.
Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. If Linton is convicted of all charges, she could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted.