Windsor Hills crash: Nurse Nicole Linton faces 6 counts of murder, prosecutor George Gascón says

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A nurse who allegedly drove 90 mph when she ran a red light and slammed into traffic in Windsor Hills, killing six people, is charged with murder and could face a 90-year sentence, the district attorney said on Monday. district of Los Angeles, George Gascón.

Nicole Linton, 37, has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of manslaughter, Gascón said.

If convicted on all counts, she faces a potential sentence of 90 years to life in prison.

Linton was hospitalized after the accident, but was jailed over the weekend. She was originally held on $2 million bail, but that amount was increased to $9 million.

Authorities say Linton was speeding in a Mercedes when she ran a red light at the intersection of La Brea and Slauson Avenues on Thursday. It hit several vehicles, and three of them were engulfed in flames.

Linton is a traveling nurse from Houston who worked in the Los Angeles area. Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

On Monday, Gascón said that so far police have not developed evidence of alcohol consumption, but are continuing their investigation.

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Among the dead were Asherey Ryan, who was more than eight months pregnant, as well as her boyfriend Reynold Lester and their unborn baby, named Armani Lester.

Asherey’s 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero, was also killed. They were on their way to a prenatal doctor’s appointment at the time of the accident.

“A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,” Gascón said.

Gascón said the six murder charges include Asherey’s unborn child, but the manslaughter charge cannot legally apply.

Alonzo Quintero’s father told Eyewitness News he wants to see justice for his son.

“The smile. He had a smile that would brighten your day no matter what,” Luis Quintero said, fighting back tears. “He was full of joy, very excited. I loved when he was clutching his hands. When he was kicking his paws in excitement.”

“I want justice. Something for her, a reward for what she did. Maybe then I can forgive her. But not now. She took my son from me. And I don’t I’ll never see.”

After hitting Asherey and Reynold’s car, Linton’s Mercedes then collided with a Nissan Altima and killed two women inside, who have not been publicly identified.

She also careened in an SUV carrying a family of seven. They all suffered minor injuries. Several other vehicles were also hit.

Family members and community members gathered at the intersection on Sunday to remember the lives lost.

“She was such a beautiful woman,” said Jean Martin of Windsor Hills, who attended the vigil. “You know she was a great mother. To her family, be sure to take the life and time you had and cherish that.”

A growing memorial of flowers, photos and candles was placed at the intersection in memory of the victims.

Family members and community activists have also called for safety improvements at the intersection, which they say has seen other serious accidents.

A GoFundMe was set up to help Asherey’s family with funeral expenses.

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