Texas Woman Charged with Six Counts of Murder for Fatal L.A. Crash
A Texas nurse suspected of causing a fiery crash at a Los Angeles intersection last week was charged with six counts of murder on Monday.
Woman Face Six Counts of Murder, Five Counts of Vehicular Manslaughter
According to KXAN, 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton has been arrested and charged in connection with a violent crash that left one child and five adults, including a pregnant woman dead.
Prosecutors say Linton, a traveling nurse from Houston, was driving roughly 90 mph when she blew threw a red light and slammed into multiple vehicles at a crowded intersection in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown L.A.
What remained after the collision was a scene of carnage as several victims were ejected from their vehicles and fire engulfed the wreckage and sections of the roadway.
Among those killed were 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alzono Quintero, and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester. Ryan was also 8 ½-months pregnant – her unborn baby was also killed.
Two other adult women were also killed in the crash, but their names were not released.
While early reports suggested Linton had been drinking prior to the crash, authorities said they have not found evidence that Linton was under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors did disclose, however, that Linton was involved in at least 13 previous crashes, including a 2020 collision that resulted in injury and totaled two cars.
Linton faces six counts of murder for the lives lost in the crash, including that of Ryan’s unborn child. She will also face five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. A vehicular manslaughter charge was not applied for the unborn child’s death.
Traffic Fatalities Reach 16-Year High According to NHTSA Estimate
A release of early traffic fatality estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests traffic fatalities reached a 16-year high in 2021.
According to NHTSA, an estimated 42,915 people died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2021. If accurate, this would reflect an alarming 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities reported in 2020.
This would also be the highest number of traffic fatalities to be recorded in a single year since 2005.
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