Nicole Linton made headlines after she was charged with six counts of murder in connection to a fiery crash on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles County. According to the Los Angeles Times, Linton was allegedly behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz that was going up to 90 mph when it ran a red light and barreled into a busy intersection. The crash resulted in several people dying, including a pregnant woman, her young son and her boyfriend.
As the case unfolds, here are six things to know about Linton.
She went to Howard University.
According to her LinkedIn profile, from 2003 to 2007, Linton attended Howard University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing. While in school, she was a retail management summer intern at Ford Motor Company in New York, and a corporate marketing intern at the National Football League Players Association in the Washington, D.C., area.
She has a valid nursing license.
Linton received her nursing license in 2010, Meaww reports. Currently, there are no open complaints against her, nor are there any violations by California’s Department of Consumer Affairs. Her California nursing license is also valid.
She has a "profound history" of mental health concerns.
Her attorney told a judge that Linton has a “profound history” of mental health concerns that should have barred her from operating a vehicle, Meaww reports. She was also allegedly not fit to work inside of an intensive care unit to treat critically ill patients.
She held multiple jobs in the past two years.
Linton has held six nursing positions across five states over the past two years. According to Conan Daily, she worked for Houston Methodist as a surgical and liver transplant ICU nurse, and from January 2020 to October 2020, she worked as a traveling ICU nurse for RNetwork.
She was a travel nurse.
Linton was working at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center at the time of the incident, according to the Daily Mail. She was sent there by the travel nursing company AMN Healthcare. The company refused to comment on the accident and on what background checks were completed to determine whether Linton was fit to work, according to the Daily Mail.
Kaiser Permanente, however, issued a statement.
“Everyone at Kaiser Permanente is deeply saddened by last Thursday’s horrific crash. It’s impossible to imagine the pain those involved are experiencing. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy,” the company said in a statement. “Ms. Nicole Lorraine Linton is not employed by Kaiser Permanente, rather is a nurse employed by AMN Healthcare and contracted out to work at Kaiser Permanente on a temporary basis. … She was not traveling for Kaiser Permanente at the time of the accident.”
She had 13 prior crashes in multiple jurisdictions.
Prosecutors said in court that Linton was involved in 13 other accidents in Texas and California. In 2013, a crash occurred after Linton stayed stationary after traffic lights turned green. One person had to be taken to the hospital after the incident. However, Linton was found not at fault for two of the crashes she was involved in.