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Registered Nurse from Texas Charged with Multiple Counts of Murder After Fiery Car Crash in Los Angeles Leaves Six Dead


Crash leaves 6 dead in Los Angeles

A Texas woman has been charged with six counts of murder for a fiery car crash in Los Angeles that killed six people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Prosecutors say Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, of Houston, was speeding on a busy thoroughfare in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighborhood on Aug. 4 about 1:30 p.m. when she blew through a red light and into crossing traffic, smashing into several cars, at least two of which burst into flames. Surveillance video captured the crash, which the Los Angeles Times reported turned the intersection “into one of the most gruesome scenes on Los Angeles streets in recent years.”

As family of the victims grieved, Los Angeles prosecutors prepared a case that District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday: Six counts of murder, including one for the unborn baby, as well as well five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Gascón said the charging announcement begins “the process of holding accountable the person responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman, and their families.”

“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,” he said in a press release.

Gascón referenced the video of the crash, which has been widely viewed on social media, saying the horror “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.”

Killed in the crash were Asherey Ryan, 23, who was pregnant, her baby son and her boyfriend. Two other women in another vehicle also were killed, but they have not yet been publicly identified.

Ryan’s sister, Sha’seana Kerr, told KTLA in Los Angeles, “I just want to tell her that we forgive her,” referring to Linton.

“She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. That’s why she was spared. We understand it already,” Kerr said.

Linton, a registered nurse, was hospitalized after the crash but apparently has been released, as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said she was to be arraigned today at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. Her bail has been set at $9 million.

According to the California Highway Patrol, she was driving a Mercedes on La Brea Avenue when she smashed through the Slauson Avenue intersection. In addition to the cars carrying the people who died, she also allegedly struck six other vehicles, including an SUV in which five people sustained minor injuries.

[Image via KTLA screengrab]

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A graduate of the University of Oregon, Meghann worked at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, before moving to California in 2013 to work at the Orange County Register. She spent four years as a litigation reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and one year as a California-based editor and reporter for and associated publications such as The National Law Journal and New York Law Journal before joining Law & Crime News. Meghann has written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Bloomberg Law, ABA Journal, The Forward, Los Angeles Business Journal and the Laguna Beach Independent. Her Twitter coverage of federal court hearings in a lawsuit over homelessness in Los Angeles placed 1st in the Los Angeles Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards for Best Use of Social Media by an Independent Journalist in 2021. An article she freelanced for Los Angeles Times Community News about a debate among federal judges regarding the safety of jury trials during COVID also placed 1st in the Orange County Press Club Awards for Best Pandemic News Story in 2021.