Mercedes driver arrested in fiery Windsor Hills crash that killed five
A nurse has been arrested on vehicular manslaughter charges in the fiery crash that killed five people, including a pregnant woman, sources confirmed.
A 40-year-old nurse has been arrested and is being booked on vehicular manslaughter charges in the fiery Windsor Hills crash that killed five people, including a pregnant woman, law enforcement sources confirmed to The Times on Friday.
The woman was identified as the driver of the Mercedes-Benz that hurtled down La Brea Ave toward Slauson Avenue between 80 and 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash Thursday afternoon, sources said. Investigators are checking her bloodwork to determine if she was under the influence, and she is cooperating with California Highway Patrol investigators, according to two sources.
Edit to add: There is a GoFundMe for the entire family that was killed... I don't know if I'm allowed to link to it but the family's name is Asherey Ryan, baby Alonzo, and Reynold Lester. May they rest in peace.
Dumb drunk people are some of the worst people on the fucking planet
Tragic crash. I thought for sure that the driver was dead. That Mercedes-Benz model must have an incredible safety rating.
her phone was out of the driver side window...first thing that comes to mind was that she was trying to live stream while driving belligerently, which is why she was driving 80+ and never attempted to even apply the damn brakes.
when i heard she survived, i was so upset. the fact that she could take lives away from people, children for what?!?!
I totally get why this story resonates with so many of us here. We see people drive recklessly, often at the same exact intersection. It's always troubling to remember that you may have your life ended randomly in cases like this.
The law should make an example of this driver and put her away for the maximum.
Also I hope her friends do the morally, legally and ethically right thing to come forward and testify about the preceding circumstances.
I hate these fuckn stories because pregnant women always become the victims over other people's stupid ass mistakes.
Imagine how drunk you had to be to blow through a red light intersection going 80-100 mph.
She'll get life in prison but I doubt she'll last that long.
“Before the crash, Sanchez heard the scraping sound of the car coming down the hill.
“You hear the tires grinding,” Sanchez said. “The sound stuck with me.”
What does that mean? Why would there be a grinding noise? A coasting car would be pretty quiet (maybe a whoosh). And accelerating car would make a revving noise. And we know she didn’t brake (no brake lights.)
Any car experts that can translate that for me?
This might sound terrible, but if this wasn't the cause of a health issue (like a seizure) or a vehicle problem (ie gas peddle stuck), I hope she never forgets this.
I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a (very short) limb here and assume this driver was under the influence. People in their right, sober minds don't barrel down La Brea at 1:30 in the afternoon going between 80 and 100 MPH, without even a suggestion of touching the brake pedal as the busy intersection approaches.
Not to make this about me, because it's absolutely not, but 3 days ago I made the overdue decision to get sober—from alcohol abuse and other, harder substances. More times than I care to admit, I've watched the video of Nicole's fiery car mowing down all these innocent people's lives, and I feel filled with not only anger, horror, despair, and anguish—but also with gratitude.
The fact that I've never gotten a DUI—and never harmed anyone, myself included, while driving—is nothing short of a fucking miracle. Especially when I also consider the fact that historically my emotion of choice when overindulging in booze is RAGE. The scariest thing about addiction or reliance on alcohol is that under the influence, you become capable of things you'd never be capable of sober. I'm 100% sure Nicole didn't wake up yesterday plotting to murder 6 people with her vehicle. The substance(s) in her system combined with her personal struggles turned her into someone capable of murdering 6 people with her vehicle. I can't adequately express how frightening it was to watch that clip over and over and think, "That could have been me."
I am not excusing her actions (nor mine). Not at all. She got wasted, then she chose to get behind the wheel of the car. She should be locked away for life, and we don't even need to hope she will be tortured every single day by the ripple effect of horrors her choice has wrought—because we already know she will be (assuming, of course, that she's not a sociopath who intentionally committed this act).
It breaks my heart how many lives are lost to substance abuse; the addicts themselves are far from the only victims. As is evident from this incident, sometimes the addict is not the victim at all, and only causes the loss of other people's lives. People they don't even know. Whole worlds end because one person chose to pick up a drink (or 20) and then get behind the wheel of a car. It is just heartbreaking.
I'm so grateful it wasn't me.
And I'm grateful it never will be.
Praying for the families of these innocent people we lost.
Good. She was a nurse, and she should have known better.
Rot in prison.
Fuck this murderer. Live in prison and everything she owns goes to the families of the people she murdered.
People are out of their fucking minds I don’t feel safe anywhere here this is a mental health epidemic
Just disturbing that you can just be going about your day and next moment your incinerated by some psycho. I live close by and I drive that intersection daily. Could have easily been me. We are just lucky I feel sometimes. Lots of craziness out there. I am shook by that video and I feel for the people that died
They release the name of the deceased pregnant woman but not the woman driver of the Mercedes
Name and shame
I am dying to hear confirmation that she was holding a phone out the window. It sure looks like she was filming if you look closely.
In 2022 there is no excuse for drunk driving. There are many options and she made the CHOICE to gamble her life and everyone else's.
The line about the baby seat and body being in the road absolutely destroyed me. This is just terrible.
No one accidentally goes 100mph through a red light. This is homicide. Lock her away for life.
Man, I dont know how that person could be going that fast. That car, in my basic bitch estimation as an auto enthusiast motorcycle rider take my car to track day guy, fucking looks like it's well over 100 MPH. You can't drive that fast, on that street, and even remotely feel safe yourself. That's an insane speed to me, my initial thought was a heart attack.
That speed will feel unsafe at many points along that journey, there was ZERO understanding that there was even an intersection there.
It's fucking terrible.
I stay the fuck away from: Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla drivers. The worst.
She may have been drunk but I think this was definitely intentional drunk behavior. Like she just had a fight with her boyfriend and she was going to try and make him feel responsible for her recklessness kinda shit. And she didn't care if it meant others died.
Driving drunk is already a selfish act, but most do it thinking they can do so without at least intending to hurt others. This shit is beyond evil.
r/fuckcars Humans simply aren't capable of handling the responsibility of piloting 4,000 lbs of metal that can do 0-60 mph in 5 seconds and turn itself into a fucking kinetic rocket, nor can we justify continuing to build a world where you HAVE to drive or expose yourself to cars on a daily basis just to live in society.
I have been unable to stop thinking about this poor family. I have driven through this intersection while pregnant and with my own children. I just cannot wrap my head around the selfish actions of this woman driving. I really don’t say things like this often but I hope she rots in jail, and then in hell.
She blackout rage charged the intersection, probably with her boyfriend on the other end of the phone she stuck out the window. Wonder what he will have to say about this
I am not one for rampant speculation, but that speed on a that stretch of road, I can't help but wonder if this dumb bitch was trying to kill herself.
The news interview with a woman who was at the gas station pumping gas when it happened... she describes how a baby was ejected from one of the cars, flew through the air, and landed on ground right in front of her. FUCK THIS. FUCK THAT MERCEDES DRIVER.
I hope the put her on suicide watch so she can't take the easy way out and she has to live with this for the rest of her life. This of course assumes she doesn't suffer form a personality disorder that conveniently allows her escape feelings of remorse. In that case toss her in pen full of hungry pigs.
Bet right about now she's really wishing she was a 16 year old driving a lambo.
Not to downplay this tragic accident, but another horrible vehicular homicide seems to have occurred in Illinois just the other day. Cheer mom and dad, their four children and a family friend all annihilated after a driver turned around on the interstate into oncoming traffic. These sort of accidents are heart-wrenching. The kids were aged 5, 6, 7 and 13. Just awful stuff.
Her name is Nicole Linton .
Horrible all the way around .
I checked the video frame by frame and calculated 124 m/h (using an approximation of the distance and also the proportion with the other cars' velocity)
To me it looks intentional. I'm sure it's true that she was drunk, but to me it looks like a drunk attempted suicide, and she didn't care if she took other people with her.
Looks like the driver was ID'd as a nurse from Texas, Nicole Linton. What kind of time is she going to face? Vehicular manslaughter isn't a major prison sentence, but killing 6 people...
What a nightmare…. And I am weirdly happy she survived because now she has to live the rest of her pathetic ruined life… not that any punishment even is a drop in the bucket for the pain and suffering caused.
Fucken Texans! Damn but in all seriousness that was crazy surprised anyone survived. Stuck pedal on Mercedes?? Don't think so. But we'll see.
hope she fuckin rots in jail for as long as possible then gets hit by a car the day she is released.
Passive breathalyzers and driver attention monitoring in all cars. Electronic speed limiters in all cars, or at least paying less insurance to have these in cars. Traffic calming and speed reduction/camera enforcement on streets. These reforms are not that complex, and are already implemented in various places in the world.
My god…an infant and woman 8 months pregnant dead because of this selfish piece of shit. How the hell can this behavior be deterred? Being struck by a random drunk is one of my worst fears. RIP.
According to a friend of the driver of the Mercedes, the driver had been drinking and had been in an argument with her boyfriend when she drove off. This was shown on channel 5 this morning
Ok Gascon. No more kid gloves. Time to do your damm job and throw the book at this POS
Five concurrent life sentences sounds about right to me. Good luck in prison bitch.
The eye witness stories of what happened on the KTLA video has me tearing with a broken heart for the victims and their families...this is so freaking sad
If the boyfriend and friend knew she had been heavily drinking, why did they let her leave behind the wheel?
I saw a video of the aftermath on Instagram with a body charred on the curb and chunks of a body from a baby on the street. Truly horrific accident.
There is no god. Honestly, how the fuck did she survive??? She was an RN, why didn't she get help before deciding to commit suicide and failing so miserably.
I was hoping this crash would push people towards driving slower, but nope. Was waiting at a stop sign to turn and some Corvette sped down a 30mph zone. Few seconds later and this RAV4 comes up weaving through the two lanes.
As someone expecting their first child, the idea of the car seat being ejected from the vehicle is terrifying. I mean either they were doomed as I believe that is the vehicle that caught on fire. But I can’t help but wonder if perhaps it wasn’t anchored to the seat properly?
I can't stop thinking about these poor families. Lives destroyed because of a selfish drunk asshole. Really hope they can all find peace and this garbage person rots in jail.
I feel like that speed and recklessness should jump the charges to attempt at murder. There really are no words.
Why won't they show her face? I want to know what this demon looked like.
Jfc, I definitely assumed the driver that caused it all died too. I hope that while she rots in jail, the guilt of taking away that many lives eats at what little soul left that woman has, every day till she dies.