‘Mentally ill’ ICU nurse who caused deadly LA crash ‘does not have dangerous driving history’

Author: Yuvi August 16, 2022


A nurse suspected of causing a fiery crash that killed six people after she allegedly plowed through a red light in Los Angeles earlier this month ‘does not have a dangerous driving history’, her attorneys claimed in court on Monday.

Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, is being held without bail in connection with murder charges stemming from the August 4 crash. She was set to have a hearing over her bail Monday, but her attorneys asked to judge to postpone it until the end of the month.

Prosecutors have said that Linton had at least 13 previous crashes — including a 2020 injury accident that totaled two cars — and knew the threat posed by her driving behavior.

But Linton’s attorneys denied these claims on Monday.

‘It’s been reported extensively and it’s not true,’ Halim Dhanidina said in court, the Los Angeles Times reported.

‘Our initial investigation has demonstrated that that allegation that’s been bandied about in the media is patently false.’

Linton did not appear in court for her hearing on Monday, but Judge Victoria B. Wilson ordered that she appear in person for the next bail review hearing. The judge continued that hearing until August 31.

Linton, a traveling nurse from Houston, Texas, who was working in Los Angeles at the time of the crash, is charged with six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. One murder charge was filed for the pregnant woman’s unborn child.

Nicole Linton, who is suspected of causing a fiery crash that killed six people after she allegedly plowed through a red light in Los Angeles earlier this month ‘does not have a dangerous driving history’, her attorney claimed in court on Monday

Linton (pictured in court on August 8) did not return for the hearing on Monday.  Her next bail review hearing will be held on August 31

Linton (pictured in court on August 8) did not return for the hearing on Monday. Her next bail review hearing will be held on August 31

Attorneys for Nicole Linton, Halim Dhanidina and Jacqueline M. Sparagna speak before Judge Victoria B. Wilson during a bail hearing for Linton in connectio

Attorneys for Nicole Linton, Halim Dhanidina and Jacqueline M. Sparagna speak before Judge Victoria B. Wilson during a bail hearing for Linton in connectio

Prosecutors said Linton’s Mercedes-Benz was doing 90 mph on August 4 when it ran a red light and smashed into cars in a crowded intersection in unincorporated Windsor Hills about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The crash killed 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, Sha’seana Kerr said in a GoFundMe posting.

Lester’s family told KABC-TV that the 24-year-old security guard was the father of Ryan’s 8 1/2-month-old unborn child. The family has said Ryan was on the way to a doctor’s appointment for a prenatal checkup when she was killed.

One murder charge — but not an additional charge of vehicular manslaughter — was filed for the fetus, who was identified by the coroner’s office as Armani Lester and listed as born on the same day he died.

‘A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,’ District Attorney George Gascón said at a news conference.

Two female victims were later identified as Lynette Noble, 38, and Nathesia Lewis, 42. They were driving together when their car instantly burst into flames, family members told the Times. The bodies of the two weren’t immediately identified due to severe trauma.

While the identification of the bodies are pending verification from the county coroner, Personal belongings and identification leading to Noble were found in the burnt car, family and friends say, according to reports.

In court last week, Linton’s lawyer, Halim Dhanidina, said his client has an out-of-state history of ‘profound mental health issues’ that might be linked to the crash but didn’t specify, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Linton is being held without bail at the Century Regional Detention Center and did not come to court for the brief hearing Monday.

Judge Victoria B. Wilson continued the bail hearing to August 31, and maintained a no bail status until the next court date.  Nicole Linton did not appear in todays court hearing

Judge Victoria B. Wilson continued the bail hearing to August 31, and maintained a no bail status until the next court date. Nicole Linton did not appear in todays court hearing

Graphic shows the direction the SUV was going in along South La Brea Avenue when it ran the red light and caused the horrendous crash

Graphic shows the direction the SUV was going in along South La Brea Avenue when it ran the red light and caused the horrendous crash

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón said last week that Linton faces up to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Gascon said Linton was traveling at speeds of at least 90mph when she sped through a read light and hit crossing vehicles at the busy intersection of La Brea and Slauson Avenues.

Nea Irby was hanging out with Noble and Lewis the day they were killed. Irby, who is close friends with Noble, was driving separately from the two. She drove pass the intersection of the crash minutes before the accident. When she went back, she saw the firey collision.

‘I just thought it was a tragic accident,’ Irby said.

‘If I would have known it was Lynette, I would have turned my car around and went back to stay right there until they put out the fire. It’s been bothering me. I just have this vision in my head of this car on fire and to have found out that it was her is hard.’

At a vigil a few miles from the crash, Krystal Lewis, Nathesia’s sister, told the Times that her sister left behind seven children.

‘She loved unconditionally,’ Krystal said at the vigil. ‘It’s devastating. Like, everybody feels bad because it was so unexpected. When I saw the crash, I didn’t think that it was anybody I knew.’

Nathesia Lewis, was identified as one of the six victims in the fiery Los Angeles on August 4. Lewis was driving with Lynette Noble when the vehicle burst into flames after being slammed by ICU nurse, Nicole Linton

Nathesia Lewis, was identified as one of the six victims in the fiery Los Angeles on August 4. Lewis was driving with Lynette Noble when the vehicle burst into flames after being slammed by ICU nurse, Nicole Linton

Lynette Noble, was identified as one of the six victims in the fiery Los Angeles on August 4. Noble and Lewis were driving together when ICU nurse Nicole Linton slammed into their car

Lynette Noble, was identified as one of the six victims in the fiery Los Angeles on August 4. Noble and Lewis were driving together when ICU nurse Nicole Linton slammed into their car

Asherey Ryan (above), 23, died in the fiery crash with her one-year-old child and her unborn child.  She was almost to her due date when she died

Asherey Ryan (above), 23, died in the fiery crash with her one-year-old child and her unborn child. She was almost to her due date when she died

One-year-old baby boy Alonzo (pictured) was also killed in the horrific collision between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on August 4

One-year-old baby boy Alonzo (pictured) was also killed in the horrific collision between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on August 4

The father of the unborn child Reynold (right) also died in the crash.  He is here with Asherey

The father of the unborn child Reynold (right) also died in the crash. He is here with Asherey

Nathesia’s boyfriend, Clarence Hamlin, recalled her as being ‘loving and caring.’ Hamlin painted a mural of his late girlfriend on the side of her sister’s beauty salon.

‘Everyone knows that she would have done anything for a stranger or someone in the community,’ Hamlin said. ‘Maybe she was that way because her mother died when she was young.’

The day of the fatal crash, Hamlin didn’t know he lost his girlfriend in the fiery blaze. He hastened to call her and her friends after she didn’t come home that night, but was left with unanswered questions.

It wasn’t until days later when he knew Nathesia was dead that the news began to break him. He recalls walking at night and believing to have seen her, prompting him to run towards her. As he got near, he realized it was just an illusion.

Skid marks are seen on the ground at the intersection as investigators on August 4 tried to work out what had happened

Skid marks are seen on the ground at the intersection as investigators on August 4 tried to work out what had happened

Eight-month pregnant Asherey Ryan, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene alongside her one-year-old child Alonzo Luchiano Quintero and her unborn baby boy following the horrible crash.

The unborn child’s father, Reynold Lester, was also killed in the crash after the car split in half immediately on impact, those close to the family confirmed.

Asherey, Reynold, and little Alonzo were on their way to a doctor’s appointment for a pregnancy check-up when Linton smashed into the car they were traveling in.

‘A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,’ Gascon said last week. ‘There’s catastrophic damage to the families and friends of those killed and injured.

‘It’s not only a tremendous loss to their families, but to our entire community, who learned of this incredible tragedy who watched the now viral video of the collision.’

Linton was charged with six counts of murder on August 8, and if convicted, could face up to 90 years in prison

Linton was charged with six counts of murder on August 8, and if convicted, could face up to 90 years in prison

Linton drove her Mercedes into ongoing traffic flowing both ways across an intersection near downtown LA

Linton drove her Mercedes into ongoing traffic flowing both ways across an intersection near downtown LA

The mangled wreck of the Mercedes that Linton was speeding in iafter the crash.  Linton survived the crash but six others died, including Asherey Ryan and her one-year-old son, Alonzo

The mangled wreck of the Mercedes that Linton was speeding in iafter the crash. Linton survived the crash but six others died, including Asherey Ryan and her one-year-old son, Alonzo

Linton, who is now an ICU nurse, worked in a strip club and had a history of threatening suicide following bad break-ups. She suffered from mental health after her lover died in 2017.

She planned on marrying Germaine Mason, the Olympic silver medalist, before he was killed in a motorcycle crash, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed.

‘When I saw what had happened in LA the first thing that went through my mind was that she had argued with her boyfriend and was drunk and trying to commit suicide,’ a source close to Linton said.

‘She had threatened to do it before. I thought maybe this time she had gone through with it.’

Her attorneys have argued that she has a ‘profound history’ of mental illness.

16 August, 2022, 2:51 am

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