Lawyers representing a nurse Confrontation murder charges allegedly driving a Mercedes-Benz in traffic Los Angeles County Five people were killed – they say she was apparently suffering from a ‘scary’ condition Psychological health that led to and during the accident.
Los Angeles Times Reports that Nicole Linton’s attorneys have put together the most comprehensive account of the fatal event to date in a recent lawsuit.
She is accused of driving fast in her car on La Brea Street on August 4. She allegedly drove into a busy intersection at 90 mph (144 km/h), and collided with passing cars. The traffic light was red for nine seconds when she drove into the intersection
The final accident killed five people, including a pregnant woman. She was charged with six counts of murder, including a pregnant woman’s fetus and a one-year-old baby.
The file details Ms Linton’s four-year battle with bipolar disorder and includes a report from doctors who examined her immediately after the accident claiming that she had suffered a “clear loss of consciousness” at the time of the accident.
Ms. Linton has been imprisoned since the accident. Prosecutors claim she is an escape hazard and a danger to society, and they said in a lawsuit that she suffers from deteriorating mental health issues.
William Winter, a physician at the University of California’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center who examined Ms Linton, said he had “no recollection of the events that led to her crash.”
“The next thing she remembers is lying on the sidewalk and seeing her car on fire,” he said.
Los Angeles Times Reports that Ms Linton’s family has been aware of her mental health issues since May 2018. Her sister sent a letter to the court claiming that she had her first mental health episode while studying to become a nurse anesthetist.
Her sister Camille Linton wrote: “The stress was too much for her and it ‘broke her.'” This is how Nicole’s 4 year journey of battling mental illness begins.
Reportedly, during that incident, she ran away from her home and jumped on a police car, which led to her arrest for disorderly conduct.
A few days later she told her family that she believed her deceased grandmother had possessed her.
During her stay at Ben Taub Psychiatric Hospital, Ms Linton reportedly banged her head on a glass partition and yelled at the police and the Supreme Court. Her head needed stitches and she is said to have sang Bob Marley songs during her treatment.
Her lawyers said her behavior had become “increasingly frightening” in the days leading up to the fatal accident.
Court records said Linton called her sister via FaceTime on the day of the accident and spoke to her completely naked.
“She told her sister that she would fly to meet her in Houston the next day so she could do her niece’s hair. She also said she was getting married and that her sister should meet her at the altar,” the lawyers wrote.
Soon after, Mrs. Linton drove into traffic.
While Linton’s lawyers are discussing her release on bail, Attorney General George Gascon told The Los Angeles Times It would allow the Public Prosecution to request “preventive detention”.
“The safety and well-being of Los Angeles residents is our primary concern,” he said. “Under my policy, preventive detention can be requested under a case-specific analysis to protect public safety and to ensure that the defendant reasonably returns to court.”