Nicole Linton, the woman accused of causing a fatal car crash that took six lives, is facing murder charges. Her attorneys are giving some insight into what her defense could be.
According to Yahoo News, new court records filed by her attorneys state Linton was in a "frightening" mental health crisis before the crash in Los Angeles’ Windsor Hills neighborhood. Court docs claim she has been struggling with bipolar disorder for four years.
On Aug. 6, Dr. William Winter, who treated her at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, wrote in redacted medical records, “She has no recollection of the events that led to her collision… The next thing she recalled was lying on the pavement and seeing that her car was on fire.” Winter also stated she suffered an "apparent lapse of consciousness" during the crash.
Linton’s mental health worsened when she stopped taking medication, reportedly because an online therapist told her she just had anxiety.
Before the crash, she called her sister. Attorneys wrote: "She told her sister that she was flying out to meet her in Houston the next day so she could do her niece’s hair. She also said that she would be getting married and that her sister should meet her at the altar.”
In 2018, Linton began having a mental health breakdown, which caused her to be arrested after she ran out of her apartment and jumped on a police car. A few days after the arrest, according to her family, Linton said her dead grandmother possessed her.
On Aug. 4, Linton sped through an intersection at approximately 90 mph and crashed into at least five cars, setting three on fire. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month the 37-year-old was in 13 prior crashes. The details of those crashes, all of which took place outside of California, are not known at this time. The outlet also reported it does not appear Linton was under the influence of drugs or alcohol in causing the deadly collision.
Asherey Ryan, 23, who was 8½ months pregnant, died, along with her 11-month-old son Alonzo and her fiancé, Reynold Lester. The unborn child’s name was Armani Lester. Two other women were killed, but their names have not been made public.
According to CBS News, she was charged with six counts of murder and five counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. If convicted, Nicole Linton is facing life in prison.