Los Angeles, California — A Houston nurse is being charged and could face a 90-year sentence in the fatal high-speed crash that killed six people in California, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said Monday.
Nicole Linton, 37, is charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross negligent manslaughter, Gascón said.
If convicted on all charges, she faces a possible sentence of 90 years to life in prison.
Linton was hospitalized after the crash but was sent to jail over the weekend. She was originally held on $2 million bail, but records show the amount was increased to $9 million.
Authorities said on Thursday Linton was driving in a Mercedes at 140 km/h when she ran a red light at an intersection and crashed into several vehicles, engulfing three of them in flames.
Linton is a traveling nurse from Houston who, according to investigators, worked in the Los Angeles area. Police are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.
On Monday, Gascón said police had not developed any evidence of alcohol consumption but would continue to investigate.
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Among the dead was Asherey Ryan, who was eight months pregnant, along with 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 crash.
“A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,” Gascón said.
Gascón said the six murder charges involve Asherey’s unborn child, but the manslaughter charge cannot legally stand.
After hitting her car, Linton’s Mercedes collided with a Nissan Altima, killing two women who have not been publicly identified.
She also sped into an SUV with 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 commemorate the lives lost.
“She was such a beautiful woman,” said Jean Martin, from Windsor Hills, who attended the vigil. “You know she was a good mother. To her family, take the life and time you had and cherish it.”
A growing memorial made of flowers, photos and candles was placed at the crossing in memory of the victims.
“His body was fucking cremated on the corner,” said Shanita Guy, Lester’s aunt. “For what? For what?”
Family members and community activists urged Linton to face the maximum sentence allowed by law if convicted.
A GoFundMe was set up to help Asherey’s family with funeral expenses.
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