Court Reveals ICU Nurse Who Killed Six Has Been Involved in 13 Crashes
Jennifer Smith, Daily Mail, August 9, 2022
The traveling ICU nurse who killed six people in a horror crash in Los Angeles on Thursday after plowing her Mercedes 90mph through a busy intersection has a ‘profound’ history of mental illness and has been involved in 13 prior crashes, but was still somehow subcontracted to work in a hospital and allowed to drive.
Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, is in custody on six murder charges as a result of Thursday’s crash.
Among those she killed was pregnant Asherey Ryan, 23, her one-year-old son Alonzo and Reynold Lester, the father of Asherey’s unborn baby, who also died.
Two other female victims remain unidentified.
Linton is from Houston, Texas, and was in Los Angeles working as a contractor at the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hospital. She was working for the nursing contractor group AMN Healthcare, which she joined in October 2020.
AMN Healthcare did not immediately respond to inquiries regarding Linton’s credentials on Tuesday.
Until 2009, Linton was working as a sales manager for General Motors, according to her LinkedIn profile. She began working in healthcare in 2010 as an ‘extern’ at NYU, despite not completing her nursing degree in 2015.
In court yesterday, her attorney said she had a ‘profound’ history of mental health problems in other states.
He said they would have contributed to the crash, and asked for her arraignment to be delayed until October.
She did not have drugs or alcohol in her system, and her motive for running the red light and plowing through the intersection remains unclear.
Prosecutors also revealed in court that Linton was involved in 13 prior road accidents, including one in 2020 in which two vehicles were totaled.
The crashes were cited by The Los Angeles Times yesterday but no further details have emerged.
DailyMail.com obtained crash records from two incidents in Texas – one in 2013 and one in 2016.
In both cases, another driver rear-ended her vehicle.
The California Highway Patrol declined to provide further details of any other crash.
It remains unclear why Linton was able to work in healthcare, let alone in the ICU, with such extensive mental health problems as her attorney described.
On Monday, she sobbed in court as she was charged with six counts of murder.
Linton was traveling at speeds of at least 90mph when she sped through a red light and hit crossing vehicles at the busy intersection of La Brea and Slauson Avenues.
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 Linton smashed into the car they were traveling in.
‘A young family was destroyed in the blink of an eye,’ Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said Monday.
‘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.’
Two other women remain unidentified. No one from Linton’s family has yet spoken out.