Gascón Says the Nurse Accused of Killing Six People in the Windsor Hills Crash is Facing Six Counts of Murder!
A nurse who was allegedly driving 90 mph when she ran a red light and slammed into traffic in Windsor Hills, killing six people, is being charged with murder and could face a 90-year sentence, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said Monday.
Nicole Linton, 37, has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, Gascón said.
If convicted of all charges, she faces a potential sentence of 90 years to life in prison.
After the crash, Linton was taken to the hospital, but he was taken to jail over the weekend. At first, she was being held on bail of $2 million, but that was raised 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. She slammed into multiple vehicles, and three of them were engulfed by flames.
Linton is a travelling nurse from Houston who was working near Los Angeles. Police are trying to find out if drugs or alcohol had anything to do with the crash. On Monday, Gascón said so far police have not developed evidence of alcohol use but they are continuing to investigate.
Asherey Ryan, who was more than eight months pregnant, her boyfriend Reynold Lester, and their unborn child, Armani Lester, were among the people who died.
Alonzo Quintero, who was only 11 months old, was also killed. At the time of the crash, they were on their way to a prenatal appointment.
“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 charge of manslaughter legally cannot apply. Alonzo Quintero’s father told Eyewitness News that he wants his son to get what’s coming to him.
“The smile. He had a smile that would brighten up your day, no matter what,” Luis Quintero said, fighting back tears. “He was full of joy, very excited. I loved when he gripped his hands. When he would kick his legs from excitement.”
“I want the right thing to happen. Something for her, some kind of punishment for what she’s done. Then maybe I’ll be able to forgive her. Not right now. My son was taken away from me. I’ll never see him again.”
After hitting Asherey and Reynolds’ car, Linton’s Mercedes crashed into a Nissan Altima and killed two women who have not been named in public. She also crashed into an SUV with seven people in it. All of them had minor injuries. A number of other cars were also hit.
On Sunday, family members and people from the area got together at the intersection to remember the people who had died there.
“She was such a beautiful lady,” said Jean Martin of Windsor Hills, who attended the vigil. “You know she was a good mom. To her family, be sure to take the life and time you had and cherish that.”
At the intersection, flowers, photos, and candles were put up as a memorial to the people who died. Family members and community activists have also asked for safety improvements at the intersection, where they say there have been other serious accidents.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Asherey’s family with funeral expenses.