A registered nurse was charged Monday with six counts of homicide and 5 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in reference to a fiery crash in Windsor Hills final week that killed a pregnant lady, a child and three different adults, the Los Angeles County district lawyer introduced.
Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, is accused of reckless disregard for all times in reference to Thursday’s multi-vehicle crash. Prosecutors say the Los Angeles lady was behind of the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz that was rushing as much as 100 mph when she ran a pink gentle shortly after 1:30 p.m. and plowed into by way of visitors on the busy intersection of La Brea and Slauson avenues.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón mentioned Linton faces as much as 90 years in jail if convicted of all fees.
“Straight away, Ms. Linton’s conduct took the lives of six individuals and injured many others,” Gascón mentioned.
To get a second-degree homicide conviction, prosecutors should show she acted with implied malice and knew the act of driving at a excessive pace on metropolis streets space was harmful to human life.
Normally, such instances are introduced if the driving force is below the affect and has a previous DUI conviction after subsequent DUI schooling lessons. In Linton’s case, investigators have discovered Linton has a historical past of harmful crashes and knew the risk posed by her driving conduct, prosecutors mentioned.
Nevertheless, he mentioned there isn’t any proof of any alcohol use by Linton at this level.
“I do know that a few of you spoke to a lady that alleged they’ve been consuming collectively. The CHP is working to determine this particular person, however we don’t have any additional info,” Gascón mentioned.
The D.A. declined to debate what prompted the crash, saying it was nonetheless below investigation and he was “not going to get into the main points.”
Gascon mentioned the homicide fees towards Linton are for the deaths of 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, her boyfriend, their 1-year-old baby, Alonzo Quintero, and their unborn baby. Ryan was 8½ months pregnant when she was killed. The boy she was carrying on the time was named Armani Lester, in response to the Los Angeles County coroner’s workplace. His date of beginning and date of demise fell on the identical day.
“A younger household was destroyed within the blink of an eye fixed,” Gascón mentioned in asserting the fees towards Linton.
Linton additionally was charged with homicide for the deaths of two unidentified girls killed within the crash. The 5 counts of vehicular manslaughter towards her are for the deaths of the 4 adults and the 1-year-old. Ryan’s unborn baby can’t be included in these fees.
Instances workers author Nathan Solis contributed to this report.