New court records show that Nicole Linton, the intensive care nurse accused of killing half a dozen people in a car crash in Los Angeles, was driving over 100 mph before colliding with two other cars at a busy intersection.
The documents are part of a motion filed by the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office in response to Linton’s request for release on bail. The nurse’s lawyers argued that she had an “apparent loss of consciousness” when she ran a red light on August 4.
Early reports show Linton was driving 90 mph, but “further analysis shows that her speed at impact was actually 130 mph and that she floored the accelerator at least 5 seconds before the crash, going from 122 mph to 130.” miles per hour,” prosecutors wrote.
Video footage of the incident shows Linton slamming into the vehicles before they burst into flames. According to reports, 10 vehicles were in the intersection. She split “one of the cars in two,” court documents show.
Nathesia Lewis and her best friend Lynette Noble, Asherey Ryan, their 11-month-old son Alonzo Quintero and boyfriend Reynold Lester were killed along with the couple’s unborn baby. Another vehicle went out of control and caused several minor accidents, reports show.
The new information was uncovered by the data recorder from Linton’s Mercedes-Benz. The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office has asked a judge to keep Linton in jail pending trial.
They argue that the crash was premeditated and it would be inappropriate and dangerous for the public if Linton were released. Prosecutors are comparing the nurse’s driving to that of a professional racer, adding that vehicle data shows Linton had complete control of the steering wheel and kept it steady as she sped toward the intersection.
“This NASCAR-worthy performance contradicts the notion that she was unconscious or incapacitated,” the filing reads.
Linton’s attorneys argued she had battled bipolar disorder for four years and was in the midst of a mental health episode when she spun through the red light for nine seconds. Additionally, family members reported that she was acting strangely hours, days, and months before the crash. Her attorneys also asked the judge to place her in a psychiatric facility while she awaited trial.
“She has no recollection of the events leading up to their collision,” wrote the doctor who treated Linton after the accident. However, prosecutors said the medical records do not show the doctor found evidence that Linton experienced anything that would have caused her to be rendered unconscious.
Prosecutors said Linton knew she had problems before the crash but intentionally stopped taking her medication because she said she didn’t like how the prescription made her feel. They also confirmed that she was exhibiting strange behavior during her work shift prior to the crash. However, the defense has not submitted any evidence supporting her current medical diagnosis to the court.
“The defendant said the cause of their collision was their exhaustion,” the file says. “In jail, on the phone with her sister… days after, [Linton] admitted that she shouldn’t have been at work on the day of the crash, declaring, ‘Five people died because of me.’”
Linton’s sister said in court documents the nurse called her naked from her home during her lunch hour. Speaking to her sister about flying to her hometown of Houston to get married, she said “to meet her at the altar.”
While defense attorneys argued that Linton had only three crashes since 2014, prosecutors said she was fined for speeding and caused two other crashes in recent years.
Linton faces six counts of murder, five counts of aggravated manslaughter and up to 90 years in prison.
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