An ICU nurse who ran a red light and killed a heavily pregnant woman, her boyfriend, and a one-year-old baby, along with three others has been arrested.
37-year-old Niccole L. Linton was allegedly drunk and having a fight with her partner when her car slammed into five other vehicles between South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue on Thursday.
Asherey Ryan, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene alongside her one-year-old son Alonzo Luchiano Quintero and her unborn child.
The unborn baby’s father, Renald, also died in the crash after the vehicle split in half due to the impact.
The family were on their way to see a doctor for a pregnancy check-up when Linton smashed into their car.
Witness Tabia Johnson took a photo of the ‘drunk’ nurse sitting on a sidewalk. She appeared to have suffered minor injuries.
She will be formally charged by Los Angeles County district attorney after she’s released from the hospital, the LA Times reported.
Linton’s friend has claimed that the nurse was ‘drunk’ and ‘fighting with her boyfriend’ when the fatal crash occurred.
Eight people were left fighting for their lives, six were teenagers and one of them suffered major injuries.
Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for the mother, who was eight months pregnant.
Her grieving sister Seana took to Instagram and said that she is still shaken, adding: “We’re looking for legal representation because this doesn’t make any sense. Her taking my sister, my nephew, my brother-in-law, she took my son’s only cousin.
“We’re deeply hurt. We have to bury four people.”
Alonzo’s father Luis Fernando Quintero also wrote: “I don’t have any words rn (right now) I’m too much in pain because this is something I never expected no one did I’m going to miss you both and I didn’t get to say goodbye or make up for time lost with you Alonzo my heart is aching may y’all rest in peace god has gained two amazing angels.”
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