A successful nurse’s mental struggles remained hidden — until fiery L.A. crash left 5 dead

Nicole Linton's family says she has struggled with bipolar disorder since 2018. Few but her closest confidants knew about her diagnosis.

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DarbyDown
DarbyDown
336 · 14 days ago · Reddit

The LA Times bends over backwards to garner sympathy for her but this line:

“…had failed to take prescribed medication to treat her bipolar disorder…”

Well that line should hit like a car doing 130 MPH, shouldn’t it?

cabd0
cabd0
83 · 14 days ago · Reddit

“Mental health is not your fault, but it is your responsibility.”

Educational_Reason96
Educational_Reason96
73 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Everyone is under pressure. We all suffer some form of mental illness to a certain degree for a certain time. Some get help. Some don’t. This person needs to pay for the horror they inflicted on the victims, their families, their friends, those survivors, and those who witnessed it.

hollywooddouchenoz
hollywooddouchenoz
70 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Oh so THATS the fucking narrative now? Wonder what it cost to get this article run?

rockbottomqueen
rockbottomqueen
61 · 14 days ago · Reddit

More than one thing can be true at once. We can have empathy for Linton's awful mental health situation and also hold her accountable and mourn the death of the victims. She isn't a murderous monster who set out to kill. She neglected her mental health, which is too fucking common in this country, and now she has to face the horrific consequences of her actions regardless of her mental state.

That's all the article is saying. I think people are rightfully enraged and heartbroken about the tragedy Linton caused, but I think in this heated anger, y'all are forgetting the bigger issue here: how common this story is in the U.S. This event is not isolated. (hello? Every mass shooting?) This country's priorities are seriously fucked when it comes to caring for its citizens, and look what happens. People suffer greatly and cause others to suffer as well. It's disgusting and sad, and I feel sorry for everyone involved, including Linton, and that doesn't make me any less sympathetic to the victims or any less inclined to seek justice on all fronts.

LifeConversation1186
LifeConversation1186
54 · 14 days ago · Reddit

this article was fucking trash to the highest degree. im sure the family members of the ones who were killed are just elastic to know her family is gonna use bipolar to excuse her killing spree as much as possible so she can walk free or go relax at a mental hospital for a relatively short amount of time

zyzg
zyzg
49 · 14 days ago · Reddit

If I’m aware of my limits that can impact me when I’m driving, I ain’t driving.

gamehen21
gamehen21
36 · 14 days ago · Reddit

This article left me feeling really sad. Such a tragic situation all around. More should have been done to help this person before she had a huge manic break and ended the lives of all those people.

Mental healthcare in this country is a fucking joke... The most broken system within a very broken system.

drfrink85
drfrink85
31 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Surprised there wasn’t a link to the sob story website this sister and the family set she had mental issues and begging for money -_-

Where were they when she was having manic episodes? They let her live alone loose on the streets when she’s a danger to herself and others? GTFO. She deserves all the jail time.

iampotato4281
iampotato4281
15 · 14 days ago · Reddit

We should care more about the victims of this mass murder than her mental health issues. This is a disgusting attempt to disperse the blame onto society with some excuse or another.

5 people, including a BABY and a PREGNANT WOMAN, were killed because of her actions.

Shame on the LA Times for believing this is a viewpoint to promote. What’s next? An cover piece implying the Uvalde massacre might have happened because a teacher propped a door open?

dustwanders
dustwanders
13 · 14 days ago · Reddit

The crash shocked Los Angeles and left many trying to understand how the woman they knew as a kindhearted nurse with a bubbly personality could be involved in such a horrific chain of events.

Garbage

I can’t believe someone got paid to write this

No one knew her like that first of all

“Left many” just means her family and maybe friends

Second of all everyone is sympathizing with the victims not her

Garbage garbage garbage

Shame on you Noah Goldberg

whatthefuckthough
whatthefuckthough
8 · 14 days ago · Reddit

That’s because our sham medical establishment doesn’t offer meaningful or effective support for mental illness. Notwithstanding her probably awful experience with BP, she is going to have to bear the consequences of her actions, we have to have laws and standards in place so this shit doesn’t happen again and again.

LetsStartARebelution
LetsStartARebelution
7 · 14 days ago · Reddit

I dont give a shit about the excuses her legal team is coming up with, everyone these days using mental health as a crutch for everything. Everyone's favorite buzzword- Oh but my mental healthhhhhhhh. She killed multiple people including children and an unborn baby, and ruined countless lives of those close to the deceased. You have to take responsibility for your actions and she should be locked up

zafiroblue05
zafiroblue05
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

I think there are a lot of people to blame here, first and foremost the nurse for not taking her medication, and after that UT Houston for not informing the nursing board of her arrest and mental health issues.

But honestly I don’t see how a murder charge is supported when she’s dissociating at the time of the crash. Five counts of manslaughter? Certainly. Murder? I don’t see it.

Beyond that, I think it’s notable that no one is talking about Mercedes here. No street legal car should be able to go 130 miles per hour, period. We put speed governors on scooters for god’s sake. But not on cars. It’s crazy.

And on top of that, no one is talking about the city of LA’s roads. La Brea near Slauson is practically a freeway, almost as much as La Cienega. This street design is INTENDED to let cars go fast, far faster than the street limit. Cars simply cannot get to 130 miles per hour on narrow streets. People die every day on LA’s streets — and everyone is rightfully livid about this deadly crash but no one cares about all the other deadly “accidents” that wouldn’t happen if streets were designed for people over cars.

CompetitionVisible98
CompetitionVisible98
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

If she really had behavior issues for as long as anyone knows then this just the same as rebelling against authority.

A complex of issues at hand but for the most part she was in full capacity of her own decisions and her motive was to cause harm. She should already know the consequences of what its like to drive that fast on a street.

I don't buy it at all. By means to get stressed out to cause such an act should be punished to its full extent just as much killing Abigail because their shoes got stepped on by Becky.