Nicole Linton has been arrested and will be booked on vehicular manslaughter
charges in the fiery Windsor Hills crash that killed five people, including a pregnant
woman, law enforcement sources confirmed on Friday.
Nicole Linton, a nurse who is registered to practice in California and Texas, was
identified as the driver of the Mercedes-Benz that hurtled down La Brea Ave toward
Slauson Avenue between 80 and 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash Thursday
afternoon, sources said. She is currently in the hospital and is cooperating with
California Highway Patrol investigators.
Investigators are checking Linton’s bloodwork to determine if she was under the
influence, according to two law enforcement sources.
She is to be formally charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney on Monday.
Her arrest comes on the same day that the county coroner identified the pregnant
woman who died in the high-speed crash as Asherey Ryan, 23. It was not immediately
known which car she was in or how she was involved in the crash.
The names of the four others who died have not been released.
Eight people were also injured in the crash. The L.A. County Fire Department
responded to the crash just after 1:40 p.m.
After the crash, a streak of fire burned on the ground.
Smoke could be seen billowing from miles away.
Officer Franco Pepi, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson, said Thursday
afternoon that three adults, including a pregnant woman, and an infant were killed in
Authorities later found another person’s remains inside one of the burned vehicles,
he said. That person’s gender or age weren’t known Thursday night.
Ryan also lost her unborn child, which the CHP was counting as an additional fatality
“due to rare circumstances,” Pepi said.