Nurse hit 130mph before LA car crash, court records show

A nurse charged with six counts of murder after her Mercedes-Benz slammed into traffic at a busy Windsor Hills intersection last month sped to 130mph just before the crash, according to new court documents filed Friday.

The motion, filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in response to claims by the nurse’s attorneys that she had lost consciousness before the collision, states that Nicole Linton “was conscious and deliberate in her conduct”.

Authorities initially estimated Linton’s car was traveling at 90 mph when it hit several vehicles at the intersection of La Brea and Slauson Avenues shortly after 1:30 p.m. on August 4.

“Further analysis reveals that her speed at impact was in fact 130 mph and that she pressed the accelerator pedal for at least the 5 seconds leading up to the crash, dropping from 122 mph to 130 mph,” Friday’s court filing said.

Prosecutors said analysis of recorded data and surveillance video from the Mercedes indicate Linton had “full control over the steering, maintaining the tilt of the steering wheel so his car continued to steer straight ahead. ‘crowded intersection’.

“This NASCAR-worthy performance belies the idea that she was unconscious or incapacitated,” according to the filing.

Linton, 37, is charged with six counts of murder and five counts of grossly negligent manslaughter. One of the victims was Asherey Ryan, who was 8 and a half months pregnant. Prosecutors charged Linton with murder in the death of Ryan’s fetus.

The accident also killed Ryan’s nearly one-year-old child, Alonzo Quintero, and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, who were in the car with her.

Nathesia Lewis, 43, and her friend Lynette Noble, 38, were also killed.

Linton has been held in jail since the crash, with prosecutors alleging she poses a flight risk and a danger to the community.

His defense attorneys said in a previous filing that Linton’s mental health was deteriorating before the crash.

“She has no recollection of the events leading up to her collision,” Dr. William Winter wrote on August 6. Winter treated Linton at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

“The next thing she remembered was laying down on the sidewalk and seeing her car was on fire,” he wrote.

The extent of Linton’s injuries from the crash were not included in the doctor’s report, but Winter mentioned “fractures” and Linton’s attorneys said she used a wheelchair to help herself. move in the prison.

Winter wrote that Linton suffered from bipolar disorder and suffered an “apparent loss of consciousness” at the time of the accident, according to his heavily redacted medical records.

Linton’s family became aware of her mental health issues in May 2018 while she was a nursing student at the University of Texas at Houston, her lawyers wrote. Her sister Camille Linton said in a letter to the court that Nicole Linton’s studies to become a nurse anesthetist caused her first mental health crisis.

“The stress was too much for her and it ‘broke’ her,” wrote Camille Linton. “So begins the journey of Nicole’s 4-year struggle with mental illness.”

Linton ran away from her apartment in May 2018 during a panic attack, and when police approached her, she jumped into a police cruiser and was arrested for disorderly driving, her lawyers wrote.

Linton called his family from the police station and was concerned about the welfare of his pet turtle, according to his attorneys.

A few days after this arrest, Linton told her family that she believed she was possessed by her deceased grandmother.

The next day at Ben Taub Psychiatric Hospital, Linton needed stitches to her forehead after banging her head against a glass partition as she ranted at the police and the Supreme Court, the authorities wrote. lawyers. She sang Bob Marley songs while medical staff tended to her injury, records show.

It was Ben Taub who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed psychiatric medication, the defense motion states.

“In the days and hours leading up to the events of August 4, Nicole’s behavior became increasingly chilling,” her lawyers wrote.

Linton kept telling one of her sisters that her colleagues at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center were “acting weird,” her attorneys said. On the day of the accident, Linton drove home from the hospital for lunch and FaceTimed his completely naked sister, according to court documents.

She then returned to work and called her sister at 1:24 p.m. to tell her she was leaving work again, minutes before the accident.

“She told her sister she was flying out to meet her in Houston the next day so she could do her niece’s hair. She also said she was getting married and her sister should meet her at the altar. “wrote the lawyers.

In Friday’s filing, which opposed Linton’s request for bail or bail, prosecutors challenged defense attorneys’ claims about Linton’s medical and driving history.

Prosecutors said they obtained records detailing three prior speeding tickets and two crashes caused by Linton “showing continued disregard for the safety of others on the road”.

“In an attempt to describe what we now know to be a horrific conscious act as an accident, the defense confused the possibility that the defendant suffered from a mental health episode prior to the accident with the now defunct notion of a loss of consciousness at the time of the accident,” prosecutors said.

To date, no documentation of a medical diagnosis has been filed with the court, according to prosecutors. The records refer to previous diagnoses of bipolar disorder, but do not include any instances in which Linton suffered loss of consciousness from seizures, epilepsy, syncope or other conditions, according to the filing.

Available medical records paint a picture of violent and aggressive behavior during past mental health episodes and show that as early as May 2019, Linton “admitted that she refused to take her prescribed medication,” prosecutors alleged.

Linton’s statements to officers after the accident contradict her claim that she had no recollection of the events leading up to it, prosecutors alleged.

“[Linton’s] insight into the circumstances of the crash is incredibly accurate and consistent with the evidence of his conduct,” according to the filing.

Prosecutors said she shared that she had been stressed by work and by issues with one of her sisters, and that she had not slept for four days before the accident.

“The defendant believed that the cause of his collision was his fatigue,” according to the filing. “In prison, calls his sister… a few days later, [Linton] admitted that she should not have gone to work the day of the accident, stating that “five people died because of me”.

Linton’s attorneys could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

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