Who is Nicole Lorraine Linton? Family of pregnant woman killed in fiery LA crash wants driver to 'live with this horror’
On Friday, the California Highway Patrol arrested the driver of the Mercedes, Nicole Linton, 37, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In the tragic Windsor Hills crash that killed six people, including a pregnant woman, a woman, identified as Nicole Lorraine Linton, has been arrested. She was driving Mercedes-Benz when she allegedly blew through a red light at a busy intersection and slammed into multiple cars at Slauson Avenue around 1:30 pm on August 4. However, the family of Asherey Ryan, who was six months pregnant, wants to 'forgive' Linton but wants her to "live with this for the rest of her life."
California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed on August 5 that Linton was behind the wheel in which Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and her boyfriend Reynold Lester died in the crash, among others. Speaking to KTLA 5 News, Sha’seana Kerr, Ryan’s younger sister, said: "She was my first best friend. The first person I knew. The first person I probably had a conversation with." Talking more about Ryan and her 11-month-old son, she told, "Every day we take our sons outside and walk them around the block. Every day. The neighbors know us. Today, I had to walk alone with my son." Kerr added by saying, "I just want to tell her that we forgive her [Linton]. She will have to live with this for the rest of her life. That’s why she was spared. We understand it already."
Lloyd Manning, Ryan’s stepfather, remembered his last memory of his grandson. He said, "I walked out to go to work. Alonzo would do his little ‘ooh! ooh!’ thing he always does. I reached out and wanted a hug, and he gave me a hug and gave me a kiss. That was the last thing I got to see."
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón wrote in a statement shared on Twitter: "My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones in the horrific car collision that occurred yesterday in Windsor Hills. This incredible tragedy has sent shockwaves throughout Los Angeles and the loss of so many precious lives will have a lasting impact on those that are closest to them."
Statement from District Attorney George Gascón on the #WindsorHills crash on #LaBrea and #Slauson:— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) August 5, 2022
"My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones in the horrific car collision that occurred yesterday in Windsor Hills. This incredible tragedy has sent shockwaves...(1/3) pic.twitter.com/TIrnmHPz3n
According to CBS, the CHP said that the deadly crash was captured on security video where multiple people were ejected and two vehicles got burned in flames. The car was going at a speed of 50 mph through the crowded intersection, CHP Officer Franco Pepi told. The officer further added that eight others were hurt, including Linton. The other victims had minor injuries and included a 33-year-old woman and six children ranging in age from 13 months old to 15 years old.
Who is Nicole Lorraine Linton?
Linton, who is a resident of Houston, Texas is a 37-year-old traveling nurse with Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center. Her LinkedIn profile mentions that she studied marketing at Howard University. She has been taken into custody on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence. However, she remains hospitalized with minor injuries.
Linton is being held in lieu of $9 million bail after she was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on August 7. Formal charges will be filed on Monday, August 8, as she is due to appear in Los Angeles Municipal Court, as per KTLA 5 News.