A Texas traveling nurse is facing multiple murder charges after running a red light and driving into traffic while allegedly going 90 mph in Windsor Hills, California.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday that Nicole Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter for the multi-car crash that left six people dead. Linton faces 90 years in prison if convicted.
Police say Linton was speeding in a Mercedes Thursday when she blew through a red light at the intersection of La Brea and Slauson avenues. Several vehicles were hit and three of them were engulfed in flames in what authorities called “a burning wreck.”
Linton, of Houston, is a traveling nurse who was working in Los Angeles when the accident occurred. Authorities are investigating whether drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Killed in the crash were Asherey Ryan, 23, who was more than eight months pregnant, her 11-month-old baby, Alonzo Quintero, and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester. The couple were on their way to a doctor’s appointment when the accident happened.
Two other women, who have not yet been identified, were killed in another vehicle.
Six other vehicles were involved in the crash, including five people with minor injuries in an SUV and another driver in another vehicle.
Linton, 37, was seen in tears and in a wheelchair during his first court appearance at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Monday. Her brow furrowed as tears streamed down her face, her left arm wrapped in a brace. She nodded as a judge denied her attorney’s request for $300,000 bail.
“Today we begin the process of holding accountable those responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman, and their families,” District Attorney Gascón said in a statement.
The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.