An ICU nurse was arrested after she plowed through a red light and killed a pregnant mom, her boyfriend and baby boy, along with three others in a horror crash while she was allegedly drunk and fighting with her partner.
Nicole L. Linton, 37, a nurse from Texas who works in Los Angeles, was taken into custody for vehicular manslaughter after police said she slammed her car into five other vehicles while driving as fast as 100 mph by an intersection at Windsor Hills.
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, Renald, was also killed in the crash after the car split in half immediately on impact, those close to the family confirmed.
Asherey, Renald, and little Alonzo were on their way to a doctor’s appointment for a pregnancy check-up when the ‘drunk’ driver smashed into the car they were traveling in.
Tabia Johnson, a witness to the crash, took a photo of Linton sitting down on a nearby sidewalk following the crash, with the burning aftermath visible in the background.
Johnson, who condemned the woman’s driving, said Linton only appeared to have suffered minor injuries, including bleeding near the head.
Linton is cooperating with investigators checking her bloodwork to see if she was under the influence when the fatal collision took place.
Linton will be booked after she’s released from hospital and will be formally charged by Los Angeles County district attorney on Monday, according to the LA Times.
The mangled wreck of the Mercedes that Linton was speeding in is shown here after the crash. Linton survived the crash but six others died, including Asherey Ryan and her one-year-old son, Alonzo
Tabia Johnson, a witness to the crash, took a photo of the suspect, Nicole L. Linton (center), commenting that Linton only appeared to suffer minor injuries in the horrible crash
PICTURED: Asherey Ryan, 23, died in the fiery crash with her one-year-old child and her unborn child. Tributes have poured in for the mother, who was expecting another child this year
One-year-old baby boy Alonzo (pictured) was also killed in the horrific collision between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday afternoon
Tributes poured in for the mother after she was tragically killed in the violent collision. Her one-year old Alonzo was also pronounced dead at the scene
The father of the unborn child Renald (right) also died in the deadly crash. He is pictured with Asherey
Mary Thompson prays as she brings a bouquet to the memorial site set after the crash which has taken six lives so far
This is the horrific moment the Los Angeles driver Nicole L Linton sent the row of cars hurtling toward another gas station over the road before stopped just before the pumps
A child’s car seat was seen ejected from a vehicle on the crash site. It was confirmed that a baby died in the horrific ordeal
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
Skid marks are seen on the ground at the intersection as investigators on Thursday evening tried to work out what had happened
Vehicles were sent screeching across the street, bursting into flames, before finally coming to a stop in a mangled wreck just feet away from rows of highly flammable pumps.
A woman has claimed that speeding driver Linton, who was her friend, was ‘drunk’ and ‘fighting with her boyfriend’ before she got in her car and smashed into a traffic jam.
The gut-wrenching fatal pile up happened between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday afternoon.
Eight people were left fighting for their lives with horrendous injuries following the devastating smash at 1:40 p.m. Of those injured, six were teens and one suffered major injuries. The driver is one of those with injuries in hospital.
LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed and listed Asherey Ryan’s death, along with unborn ‘Baby Boy Ryan.’
Tributes have poured in for Asherey, who is believed to have been eight months pregnant, and her child after the devastating collision.
Asherey’s sister, Seana, who posted a message on Instagram about the incident, said she’s still shaken and heartbroken over the loss and condemned the driver who she said slammed into her brother-in-law’s car.
‘We’re looking for legal representation because this doesn’t make any sense,’ Seana said after reviewing videos of the crash.
‘Her taking my sister, my nephew, my brother-in-law, she took my son’s only cousin. We’re deeply hurt. We have to bury four people,’ she added, including the unborn child.
Alonzo’s father Luis Fernando Quintero wrote online: ‘I don’t have any words rn [right now] I’m too much in pain because this is something I never expected no one did I’m going to miss you both and I didn’t get to say goodbye or make up for time lost with you Alonzo my heart is aching may y’all rest in piece [peace] god has gained two amazing angels.’
The family have created a GoFundMe to help with funeral costs following the horrific ordeal.
Witness Veronica Esquival said that she was pumping gas when debris suddenly started flying through the air during the horrific smash – caused by the female driver, who was alone in the car.
Witness Veronica Esquival said that the baby landed at her feet after the deadly smash. She was pumping gas at the station when the tragedy happened
She said that a baby tragically landed on the floor in the middle of the gas station before panicked workers tried to resuscitate the child.
She said: ‘I was about to pump gas and all of a sudden, I hear all of the noises from all of the collisions, and then the fire explosion and I saw things, metal and things flying in the air. So, I just covered myself behind the pump.
‘All of the sudden, a baby literally flew from the middle of the intersection to the middle of the gas station and landed right on the floor in front of me.
‘One of the workers came and saw me with the baby and took the baby out of my hands. Somebody tried to resuscitate the baby, but the baby was gone.’
One woman, who claims to be a friend of the Mercedes driver, said she believed she had been drinking after having an argument with her boyfriend before the deadly crash.
Linton was alone in the car, officials confirmed.
She told KTLA: ‘She was drinking and she was not aware that it was a red light because she shot straight through.’
Another heartbroken witness, Alphonso Word, who was just a few cars away from the intersection when the tragedy struck, said that the crash sounded ‘like a bomb.’
He said that the child was ‘ejected from the street’ as was the pregnant mother, who ‘landed over to the side.’
Devastating images show vehicles left burnt out after firefighters doused the huge flames caused by the crash – after an inferno made it look like ‘the whole intersection was on fire.’
London Carter, with Southern Missionary Baptist Church, prays over a makeshift memorial across the street from where a fiery multi-car crash left pregnant Asherey Ryan and her one-year-old son dead
CHP and other officials investigate the fiery crash where six were killed and another eight were taken to hospital
The gut-wrenching fatal pile up happened between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Asherey Ryan (pictured) was one of the victims
The woman was thought to have been eight months pregnant when she was killed in the car crash
The mother and Alonzo (pictured) were two of the victims in the car crash. The driver, 37-year-old Linton thought to be a nurse, has been arrested after the collision
The Mercedes races past a gas station then smashes into the side of a traffic jam, causing a flaming inferno in the Windsor Hills district
Fire department officials are seen on Thursday with a burnt-out car following the crash
The Mercedes coupe can be seen speeding past the gas station toward the intersection before the sickening crash on Wednesday
A memorial cross is posted on a traffic pole as Los Angeles City as Los Angeles City Public Works technicians replace burned traffic lights and signs after the horrifying crash
One woman claimed that the driver was her friend, and that she had been drinking after fighting with her boyfriend prior to the deadly crash
The shocking footage, taken from a gas station overlooking the scene, starts as the Mercedes coupe races past the pumps at blistering pace.
The doomed vehicle fails to break as it bears down on the traffic flowing both ways across the packed intersection.
It slams into the first car, which immediately bursts into a sickening fireball before plowing through several others that spin from the huge impact. The crash sends them all hurtling towards another gas station across the intersection before finally coming to a stop in a crumpled mess.
The pile up came to a stop just before the second gas station over the road, which is considered an architectural icon.
The gut-wrenching pile up, between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue, killed the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the one-year-old
The doomed vehicle fails to break as it bears down on the traffic flowing both ways across the packed intersection
Social media images showed the battered vehicles left without wheels and roofs following the brutal impact
Images show mangled, burnt out vehicles splattered across the street in what was described by California Highway Patrol as looking ‘like a war zone.’
Debra Jackson, who was filling her car with gas, told CBSLA: ‘All of a sudden, I heard a big explosion and flames went over my whole car. I though my car was on fire.’
California Highway Patrol spokesman Franco Pepi said that ‘at least six or seven’ vehicles were involved – and three became engulfed in flames.
He added: ‘Just unknown reasons for the high speed at this time … Everyone needs to drive with more due regard because a lot of collisions happen, and this just happens to be at the top of the list of how bad they can get.’
The shocking footage, taken from a gas station overlooking the scene, starts as the Mercedes coupe races past the pumps at blistering pace
Meanwhile eight people have been left fighting for their lives with horrendous injuries following the devastating smash at 1:40 p.m.