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Nurse’s vehicle hit 130 mph in collision that killed 5 in L.A. County, prosecutors say

A nurse accused of killing five in a horrific LA County collision “floored the gas pedal” to 130 mph right before the fiery August crash, prosecutors alleged in court filing Friday.

Data from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe that Nicole Linton was driving show she accelerated in the 5 seconds prior to the multi-vehicle Aug. 4 crash, going from 122 mph to 130 mph, in accordance with a motion filed by the LA County District Attorney’s Office and obtained by NBC LA.

The document, filed to oppose pretrial release and bail for the 37-year-old traveling nurse, also alleged that data showed she didn’t make an effort to brake or decelerate before impact.

The district attorneys office argued in Fridays filing that releasing Linton would present a danger to the general public, and that she actually is a flight risk.

A hearing on the whether Linton could possibly be permitted be released before trial is scheduled for Monday within an L.A. Superior Court courtroom.

Linton, a Houston resident, has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Among the victims, Asherey Ryan, was pregnant.

Linton remained held without bail, jail records show.

At least four people were killed in a fiery crash involving at least six cars at an intersection in Los Angeles' Windsor Hills area on Thursday.
Five individuals were killed in a fiery crash involving at the very least six cars at an intersection in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills area on Aug. 4.NBC LA

Linton’s defense argued in a previous filing reported on by the LA Times that she had a lapse of consciousness through the crash, and that her mental health had deteriorating recently.

The D.A.s Friday filing said the defenses claim of lack of consciousness isn’t supported by the Mercedes electronic data recorder or by available medical records.

Analysis of the vehicles recorded data and surveillance video indicates Linton had complete control over steering … to help keep her car traveling directly toward the crowded intersection, the filing stated.

This NASCAR-worthy performance flies when confronted with the idea that she was unconscious or incapacitated, the prosecution wrote in the document.

Doctors at UCLA Ronald Reagan INFIRMARY who treated Linton following the crash, said it didn’t appear that she had fainted, passed out, or experienced a seizure, the document states.

Linton defense attorney, former California appeals court judge Halim Dhanidina, said he’d react to prosecutors’ claims through the hearing Monday.

“We be prepared to call several witnesses including a psychiatrist who has met with Ms. Linton twice at the jail and contains also reviewed relevant police and hospital records attendant to Aug. 4 and prior incidents,” he said by email.

The D.A.’s office stated Linton has claimed to possess bipolar disorder. She admitted to experiencing symptoms in keeping with impairment prior to the crash, but had not been taking medication which could have prevented the outward symptoms, based on the document.

Linton told investigators she hadn’t slept for at the very least four days prior to the collision because stress in her life caused her to reduce sleep, in accordance with prosecutors filing. She said avoiding her medication resulted in insomnia, it stated.

On Aug. 4, Linton said she worked a 12-hour shift, and reported that her insomnia was catching around duties, including giving patients medication promptly, based on the Friday filing.

The filing states Linton “opined that the reason for her collision was her fatigue.”

In jail calls with her sister, Linton “acknowledged that she shouldn’t have attended work on your day of the crash, stating, “five folks are dead due to me,” the document stated.

Prosecutors described several instances where Linton have been involved with prior crashes, the document states.

Between 2008 and 2009, she was stopped at the very least 3 x for speeding. Linton was also involved with an automobile crash in 2008 in NY that led to accidental injury and property damage, based on the document.

The document also detailed instances where Linton displayed what prosecutors said was “aggressive, violent” behavior.

Within an interview with California Highway Patrol officers, Linton recalled the moments prior to the crash, including what music she was hearing, and said she remembered driving straight and seeing an automobile pass before her from left to right, the document states.

The final thing she remembered was going straight before she woke through to the bottom outside her burning car, based on the document.

Security footage showed as soon as Linton’s Mercedes-Benz plowed by way of a red light in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown L.A.

The video showed cars traveling from left to right before Linton only 9 seconds before she drove through the intersection, the documents state.

In a statement Saturday, Kaiser Permanente said Linton was utilized by an entity called AMN Healthcare and contracted to just work at Kaiser Permanente on a temporary basis.She had not been traveling for the business during the crash, it said.

Victims of the crash identified by authorities and family include Ryan, 23; her 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero; and her boyfriend, Reynold Lester, 23.

Ryan’s fetus didn’t survive. Family said Ryan and Lester decided to name the kid Armani.

Officials haven’t publicly confirmed the names of both other victims, but friends and family identified them to theLA Timesas Nathesia Lewis, 42, and Lynette Noble, 38. The LA County Medical Examiner-Coroner lists both women as having died Aug. 4.

An update on the California Highway Patrol investigation of the collision had not been available Saturday.

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