September 24, 2022
Accused killer of six linked to 13 prior car crashes
LOS ANGELES - A registered nurse was charged Monday with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fiery crash in Windsor Hills last week that killed a pregnant woman, a baby and three other adults, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced.

Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, is accused of reckless disregard for life in connection with Thursday’s multi-vehicle crash. Prosecutors say the Los Angeles woman was behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz that was speeding as fast as 90 mph when she ran a red light.

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

“In an instant, Ms. Linton’s conduct took the lives of six people and injured many others,” Gascón said.

To get a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove she acted with implied malice and knew the act of driving at a high speed on city streets was dangerous to human life.

Usually, such cases are brought if the driver is under the influence and has a prior DUI conviction and has taken DUI education classes. In Linton’s case, investigators found she has a history of dangerous crashes and knew the threat posed by her driving behavior, prosecutors said.

California Highway Patrol investigators identified 13 prior crashes involving Linton. Those incidents are the foundation for the district attorney’s case that she knew the dangers of reckless driving, the Los Angeles Times reported.

However, Gascón said there is no evidence of any alcohol use by Linton at this point.
Story Date: August 15, 2022
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