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UPDATE: Nurse charged in Fiery Windsor Hills crash still hospitalized, awaiting charges

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A registered nurse, Nicole Lorraine Linton, suspected of speeding a Mercedes-Benz through a Windsor Hills intersection, causing a fiery crash that killed six people – including a baby, a pregnant woman and her fetus – remained hospitalized and arrested today on suspicion of felony involuntary manslaughter.

The driver of the Mercedes, Linton, 37, of Los Angeles, survived the Thursday afternoon crash and was hospitalized with “moderate” injuries at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, according to the California Highway Patrol.

She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to the CHP. There was no immediate word on whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The final charge will be issued by the District Attorney’s Office.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that Nicole Lorraine Linton was driving a dark colored Mercedes traveling southbound on La Brea Avenue at a high rate of speed,” the CHP said in a statement.

“While driving the Mercedes, Linton ran a red light and collided with multiple vehicles traveling eastbound and westbound on Slauson Avenue. As a result of this collision, several parties were ejected and two cars were completely engulfed in flames. After the collision, those involved were transported to (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center) by ambulance and six people were pronounced dead at the scene,” the CHP said.

“Due to extensive fire damage, it is unknown at this time the make and model of the vehicles involved and which vehicles the parties involved were traveling in,” the CHP said. The Los Angeles Times reported that Linton is a nurse registered to practice in Texas and California.

The pregnant woman who died in the crash was identified Friday by the coroner’s office as Asheri Ryan, 23, of Los Angeles. She and her baby boy were among the victims killed in the crash that happened just before 1:40 p.m. Thursday at La Brea and Slauson avenues near Ladera Park.

According to Ryan’s Facebook page, she has a son about a year old. Ryan’s relatives confirmed to Fox11 that her son also died in the crash.

Dramatic surveillance video from the scene showed the Mercedes driving through La Brea’s 35 mph zone at what authorities say was nearly 100 mph — running a red light in Slauson and jumping a vehicle.

The crash ignited an inferno as the sedan hit by the Mercedes slammed into at least one other vehicle and both ended up against a gas station sign on the corner. A trail of fire was left at the intersection as vehicles hit by the speeding driver were engulfed in flames.

Six cars were involved in the chain crash, with the heavily damaged Mercedes ending up near a bench down the street.

The fire department and CHP said three adults and an infant died in the crash and there were multiple ejections due to the crash.

Ryan’s male fetus is also counted among the dead. Unconfirmed reports from the scene suggest Ryan was more than eight months pregnant and on her way to a doctor’s appointment when the crash happened.

The CHP said a sixth victim was later found dead in the charred remains of one vehicle, but additional information about that person was not immediately available. At least eight other people – many believed to be teenagers – were injured in the collision, although the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Community activists gathered at the intersection Friday, adding to a growing memorial of candles and flowers for the crash victims.

“This is a catastrophic situation that happened in our community,” activist Eddie Jones told reporters. “I cried all night because someone innocent who didn’t deserve to lose his life lost his life.”

Veronica Esquivel, 40, told the Daily News she was on her way to fill up with gas at one of four stations at the intersection when the crash happened.

“I heard the crash. I saw the fire… you see the gas station fire, I immediately thought of an explosion,” Esquivel said. “I saw things flying in the air… I didn’t know if anything was going to pass and
hit me.”

The intersection of La Brea and Slauson avenues was reopened around 3:30
Friday morning.

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