Asherey Ryan and her family were on their way to a doctor’s appointment for a pregnancy check-up when the tragedy occurred
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Asherey Ryan, 23, was eight-month pregnant with her second son, Armani Lester when she was killed on August 4, 2022, along with Armani and her one-year-old son Alonzo. Armani’s father, Reynold Lester along with two women in another vehicle, yet to be identified were all killed in the car accident. ICU nurse Nicole Linton was caught by surveillance cameras plowing her Mercedes at a high speed of 90mph crashing into six cars, and breaking a red light onto the busy intersection at Windsor Hills. The horrifying crash caused the vehicles to collide with each other across the street, bursting through flames, a few feet away from a gas station.
Asherey Ryan had already decided to name the unborn baby ‘Armani’. The family was on their way to the hospital for a pregnancy-check up when the accident happened. Due to the crash, the unborn baby was ripped out of his mother’s womb, following her death. The Prosecutors have also charged Linton with Armani’s murder, they say he was both born and died on the same day because of the accident. The crash immediately split the other family’s vehicle in half. Alonzo was thrown through the air from his car seat, landing at the feet of a witness that tried to save the baby but he was dead. His body was found separate from his mother, says the Medical Examiner’s office. Her attorneys say she has a ‘profound’ history of mental health problems.
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However, Linton’s real motive for her ferocious driving remains unclear. She had worked 6 nursing jobs in five states over the past 2 years, so it is also unclear as to why she was allowed to work in the healthcare system, especially in the ICU as to her declining mental healthcare problems described by her attorney. She began working in ‘external’ healthcare at NYU in 2010, although she did not complete her nursing degree in 2015. AMN Healthcare is a travel nursing company that sends skilled contractors to where their services are most required. AMN Healthcare has declined to comment on Nicole Linton’s work nature and what background checks were carried out when she first got a job with them. “At this time, we are not able to comment on an active criminal investigation. Any further questions should be forwarded to law enforcement authorities,” a spokesman said. She could face up to 90 years in prison if convicted as charged and will be held under a $9 million bond for manslaughter. While authorities acknowledge that Linton did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they say that her previous driving history should have alerted her to the risks of reckless driving.
Judge denies Nicole Linton’s attorney request for $300,000 bail.
Linton reacts to judge’s ruling.
Next bail hearing set for Monday. pic.twitter.com/IoEhKXb0EZ
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Luis Quintero, Alonzo’s father said, “I want to see justice served. Something for her, payback for what she’s done. Maybe then I can forgive her. But not now. She took my son away from me. And I will never see him.” “He had a smile that would brighten up your day no matter what, he was full of joy, very excited. I loved when he gripped his hands when he would kick his legs from excitement,” grieving father, Luis Quintero added.
Citizens are seen paying their tributes at the crash site, Windsor Hills, Los Angeles. The family is raising money for funeral services at a GoFoundMe.page and they have managed to raise more than $163,000 so far. “In the flash of an eye, a young family was decimated,” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón said on Monday. “The relatives and friends of those slain and wounded have suffered irreparable devastation. It’s a great loss not just to their families, but to our whole community, who learned of this horrific tragedy after seeing the now-viral footage of the incident,” he added.