Multiple Murder Charges for Driver in Windsor Hills Crash That Killed 6

Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, has been charged with six murders and related crimes for the fiery wreck that killed a family and two others
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The 37-year-old registered nurse accused of killing six people including a pregnant woman and her infant son in Windsor Hills Thursday has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, prosecutors announced Monday.

Nicole Lorraine Linton, a 37-year-old traveling registered nurse who works in California and Texas, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence after she allegedly blew through a red light at speeds between 80 and 100 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone around 1:40 p.m. at South La Brea and Slauson avenues, officials said. Linton’s Mercedes-Benz smashed into other vehicles with such force that they were sent careening toward a corner gas station in a massive explosion.

Witnesses said the bodies of several victims were ejected from their cars in the fiery wreck including the infant child of pregnant 23-year-old Asherey Ryan. Ryan’s sister, Sha’seana Kerr, confirmed on Instagram over the weekend that Ryan, her unborn child, her 11-month-old son, Alonso Quintero, and Ryan’s fiancé, Reynold Lester, were all killed in the crash. Two women in another vehicle, who have yet to be identified, were also killed.

“Today, we begin the process of holding accountable the person responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman, and their families,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement Monday. “This is a case that will always be remembered for the senseless loss of so many innocent lives as they simply went about their daily routines.”

Gascón continued, “While the wreckage of this fiery crash at this intersection was removed and traffic eventually resumed, there is catastrophic damage to the families and friends of those killed and injured. It is not only a tremendous loss to the families but our entire community who learned of this incredible tragedy or have watched the now viral video of the collision. I’m sure this is a time of great sorrow and grieving for the families and friends of those who will be forever affected by what has transpired.”

Linton was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this weekend, where she had been hospitalized with moderate injuries and was being held on $2 million bail at the Century Regional Detention Center. She is expected to be arraigned Monday in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Six other vehicles were involved in the collision, including five people with minor injuries in an SUV and another driver in another vehicle.

The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

GoFundMe pages have been set up to help the families of Lester and Ryan, Alonzo and her unborn son pay for funeral expenses.


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