Nurse involved in fatal Windsor Hills crash could be charged Monday – NBC Los Angeles

Charges could be filed as early as Monday against a registrant nurse of Houston who is suspected of accelerating a Mercedes through a Windsor Hills intersection, causing a violent crash that killed six people, including a baby and a pregnant woman.

Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

Linton was released Saturday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and is being held by police on $2 million bond, according to police records.

District Attorney George Gascón said Friday that his office will “work with law enforcement throughout the weekend” and that the investigation could be brought to his office for review of the charges “as early as Monday.”

“Preliminary investigation indicates that Nicole Lorraine Linton was driving a dark-colored Mercedes, traveling southbound on La Brea Ave. at high speed,” a CHP statement said.

“While driving the Mercedes, Linton ran a red light and collided with several vehicles traveling east and west on Slauson Ave. As a result of this collision, several parts were ejected and two vehicles were completely engulfed in flames. After the collision, involved parties were transported to (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center) by ambulance and six people were pronounced dead at the scene,” the CHP reported.

“Due to extensive fire damage, it is unknown at this time the make and model of the vehicles involved and in which vehicles the parties involved were travelling,” the CHP reported.

Kaiser Permanente released a statement on Friday saying, “Everyone at Kaiser Permanente is deeply saddened by Thursday’s horrific accident. It is impossible to imagine the pain felt by those involved. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. At this time, we are unable to comment on what has been reported as a criminal investigation.”

The pregnant woman who died in the crash was identified by the coroner’s office on Friday as Asherey Ryan, 23, of Los Angeles. She and her male fetus were among the victims killed in the crash that occurred shortly before 1:40 p.m. Thursday on La Brea and Slauson Avenues near Ladera Park.

According to Ryan’s family, the woman’s one-year-old son, Alonzo Quintero, was also killed, along with Ryan’s boyfriend, who was the father of her unborn son. Ryan’s boyfriend was driving the car that was hit, according to video posted online by Ryan’s sister, Shoshanna Kerr.

Kerr identified him as Reynold Lester, 24, from LA who worked as a security guard.

Another person killed at the scene has been identified as Craig Pitchford, 66, a possible pedestrian, according to the coroner’s office.

In the video, Kerr said Ryan was 8.5 months pregnant and on her way to a doctor’s appointment when the accident happened.

The family planned to name the unborn child Armani Lester, according to the LA County Coroner’s Office.

“She left the house at 1:30 p.m. She woke me up,” Kerr said. “She woke me up and told me she was going to go to her doctor’s appointment, that she loved me and that she would be right back.”

She said 15 minutes later she saw video of the car accident. “And for some reason, as soon as I saw that video, it hit me. It felt different. I felt connected,” she said.

Kerr said she cried all night.

“I haven’t slept at all,” she said. “I’m all screamed.”

Shoshanna Kerr also told reporters that Ryan’s family forgives the driver who caused the crash.

“I just want to tell him that we forgive him,” she said. “She’ll have to live with this for the rest of her life. That’s why she was spared. We already understand that.”

A GoFundMe page created in the family’s name had raised more than $127,000 by Sunday morning.

On Friday and Saturday evening, friends and family gathered at the crash site to remember and say goodbye to the victims. Lit candles dotted a memorial near the site of the fire accident. Saturday’s rally included LA County firefighters who were among the first to respond to the crash.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a nearby resident and chairman of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, told reporters the intersection was historically unsafe with speeders, as well as the scene of occasional takeovers.

Dramatic surveillance video from the scene on Thursday showed the Mercedes driving through the 35mph zone on La Brea at a speed estimated by authorities close to 100mph – driving through a red light in Slauson and dumping a vehicle.

The accident sparked all hell as the sedan hit by the Mercedes was pushed into at least one other vehicle, and the two ended up against a gas station sign around the corner. A trail of fire left the intersection burning as vehicles hit by the speeding driver were engulfed in flames.

CHP reports say eight vehicles, including Linton’s, were involved in the collision. The heavily damaged Mercedes ended up near a bench in the street.

According to firefighters and the CHP, three adults and an infant died in the collision, and there were multiple ejections due to the accident. Ryan’s male fetus was also counted among the dead.

The CHP reported that a sixth victim was later found dead in the burnt-out wreckage of a vehicle, but no further information about this person has been released.

Eight other people were injured in the crash, including seven occupants of a Chevrolet Traverse. The 33-year-old driver, a one-year-old boy and three teenagers suffered moderate injuries, while two other teenagers inside the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.

The eighth victim, the 19-year-old driver of an Audi A3, was also slightly injured.

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