A day after a speeding vehicle dramatically plowed through a crowded intersection in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighborhood, igniting a crash that instantly killed six people, the driver of the speeding vehicle has been identified.
According to KABC, the driver was 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton. Linton survived the crash, but was hospitalized with injuries and has since been taken into custody at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release. The CHP announced Friday (August 5) that charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence will be recommended when the case is presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Earlier Friday, authorities identified one of the victims as Asherey Ryan, who was 8 ½ months pregnant. An 11-month-old infant wa also killed, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The coroner’s office did not immediately release the names of the other four victims killed, but described them as a young boy, two women and a man.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a Mercedes-Benz coup caused a crash involving as many as six cars near a gas station at the busy intersection of La Brea Blvd. and Slauson Ave. The Highway Patrol says several people were ejected from the cars and two vehicles caught fire.
Surveillance footage that has gone viral on social media shows the Mercedes careening through an intersection, striking at least two cars that exploded in flames. Warning: the video is graphic.
"It looked like the whole intersection from corner to corner was on fire," witness Harper Washington told the news station. "A lot of sparks and electricity. I was under the impression that, really at first I thought they dropped a bomb on us. I thought another world war had started. Then I realized it was a car into the sign."
"Once the fire went away and the booming left, I realized it was two cars there," Washington continued. "You could see the people on fire and that's just sad. I really pray for the people and the community."
Seven people were taken to the hospital, including the driver of the Mercedes, whose injuries were described as non-life-threatening.