A registered nurse who faces second-degree murder charges after allegedly speeding in her Mercedes Benz through a red light in Los Angeles, resulting in a devastating multi-vehicle accident. reportedly has a dismal driving record.
The suspect’s lawyer claims that his client has serious mental health challenges; her employer apparently has declined to discuss its screening process with the media.
Prosecutors have charged the suspect, Nicole Linton, 37, with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter in the devastating car crash that occurred in the Windsor Hills community in Los Angeles County.
She is being held without bail after it was initially set at $9 million.
“California Highway Patrol investigators identified 13 prior crashes involving Linton. Those incidents are the foundation for the district attorney’s case that she knew the dangers of reckless driving…Prosecutors said they are reviewing multiple previous crashes linked to Linton — both in and out of California — including one in 2020 that involved bodily injury in which two cars were totaled,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 9, 2022
As alluded to above, “Attorney Halim Dhanidina asked the court to continue Linton’s arraignment to October because he is reviewing her out-of-state history of ‘documented profound mental health issues.’ Dhanidina did not elaborate on Linton’s mental health but said the Windsor Hills crash could be linked to those factors,” the southern California news outlet added.
Linton, a traveling nurse, was reportedly working temporarily at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center at the time of the August 4 incident. AMN Healthcare is reportedly her actual employer which had subcontracted her to Kaiser.
From the Daily Mail:
Amid growing concern over why she was even allowed to hold a position in the hospital with such a grave mental condition as her attorney described, AMN Healthcare refused to comment on what kind of background checks were performed when she was first given a job with them. “At this time, we are not able to comment on an active criminal investigation. Any further questions should be forwarded to law enforcement authorities,” a spokesman said, refusing to be drawn on how she was vetted for her role with the travel nursing company.
According to Kaiser, Linton — who is from Houston, Texas — was not traveling for the healthcare facility when the horrific collision occurred during which she was allegedly operating her car at about 90 mph.
Statement on Charges in #WindsorHills Crash:
“Today, we begin the process of holding accountable the person responsible for the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman, and their families. This is a case that will always be remembered for the senseless loss…(1/4) pic.twitter.com/mJQKzrl6Pk
— George Gascón (@LADAOffice) August 8, 2022
Los Angeles County D.A. George Gascon has indicated that the suspect could face life in prison if convicted in court on all charges and noted that there is, thus far, no evidence of alcohol being part of the equation, although investigation is ongoing.
Those who perished in the tragic incident included a pregnant woman and her one-year-old son as well as her boyfriend.
Eight other persons were injured in the fiery wreck.
Watch a report aired by KTLA 5 Los Angeles:
All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.
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