Lynette Noble and Nathesia Lewis: Two friends identified as final victims of Nicole Linton car crash
WINDSOR HILLS, LOS ANGELES- Family members identified the final two victims of the fiery multi-car crash that killed a pregnant mother, her unborn child and four others at a Los Angeles intersection on Thursday, August 4. During a vigil on Wednesday, August 10, NBC Losangeles confirmed that 38-year-old Lynette Noble and her friend, 43-year-old Nathesia Lewis, died when the car driven by Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, was speeding south on La Brea Avenue at a speed of 90 miles per hour.
The car ran a red light and slammed into multiple cars at Slauson Avenue around 1:30 pm on August 4. According to ABC7, it took several days for family members to learn Nathesia was also a victim of the fatal crash. As per the station, she had to be identified through DNA, due to the gravity of her injuries.
Meanwhile, Jasmond Nelson, Nathesia's sister told the outlet, "Me and my family, we looked at the news like everybody else," adding, "we prayed for the children, for the pregnant lady, for her family, but unbeknownst to us, my sister and our family was a severe victim as well."
As per a GoFundMe fundraiser page launched to help Nathesia's children and cover her funeral expenses, she leaves behind six children, ranging in age from 2 years old to 23 years old and an infant grandchild.
Additionally, another GoFundMe page was set up for Lynette Noble as well, which described her as "one of the kindest, gentlest, and most loyal" people. The page also added, "despite the difficulties in her life, Lynette made the most of every situation."
The deadly crash also took lives of a pregnant 23-year-old Asherey Ryan, her 24-year-old boyfriend Reynold Lester and her 11-month-old son, Alonzo. Five other people were being treated for minor injuries after which they were released.
Nicole Lorraine Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. She could face life in prison if convicted of all charges against her.
Surveillance video from a nearby business showed a Mercedes speeding into the frame at full velocity as cross traffic on Slauson moved west through the intersection. The car subsequently slammed into multiple vehicles, prompting a fire. The vehicles were seen still skidding through the intersection, coming to a halt in front of a gas station.
Witnesses described how there was a terrifying loud noise at the time of the crash that was followed by fire and sparking electricity. Thick plumes of smoke was seen drifting into the sky before firefighters arrived.