The nurse, who is accused of killing six people as she plowed her car through a Los Angeles intersection, may have been unconscious at the time of the fiery wreckage and facetimed her sister completely naked while she suffered a “scary” psychotic before the accident experienced collapse.
New court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times show Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, suffered for years from severe mental health issues that manifested as bipolar disorder in 2018.
The documents were filed by Linton’s attorneys, who argue that she should be released on $3000,000 bail to care for her family and a psychiatric hospital. Linton has been jailed since the August 4 crash as prosecutors say she poses a danger to the community and a risk of absconding.
The filing detailed four years of alarming behavior, including jumping out of windows, panic attacks that led to arrests, self-harming behavior, and Linton’s belief that she was obsessed with her dead grandmother.
The defense documents also include a medical assessment that Linton suffered an “apparent loss of consciousness” during the crash.
“She has no recollection of the events leading up to their collision,” doctor William Winter wrote after examining Linton on Aug. 6.
The new documents come after Linton’s bail hearing was postponed last week when her defense was given more time to examine her mental health.
Linton, a traveling nurse from Houston, Texas who was working in LA at the time of the accident, is charged with six counts of murder and five counts of negligent manslaughter with gross negligence. One of the murder charges was for victim Asherey Ryan’s unborn son, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed.
New court documents show Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, suffered for years from severe mental health issues that began to manifest as bipolar disorder in 2018
The file details how Linton’s bizarre and unhinged behavior worsened in the days leading up to the accident and provides a bizarre timeline of the hours leading up to the wreck.
“In the days and hours leading up to the events of August 4, Nicole’s behavior became increasingly frightening,” Linton’s attorneys wrote.
The filing showed that prior to the wreck, Linton had constantly told her sister that co-workers were behaving “oddly.”
On the day of the accident, she drove home from work to have lunch and facetimed her sister completely naked.
She then returned to work and called her sister at 1:24 p.m.—minutes before the accident—to let her know she was walking again.
“She told her sister that she was flying out to Houston the next day to do her niece’s hair,” the filing reads. “She also said that she was getting married and that her sister should meet her at the altar.’
During an Aug. 31 court hearing, Nicole Linton’s bail hearing was postponed to give her defense time to examine her mental health
According to the court documents, Linton’s mental struggles became apparent in May 2018 when she was a nursing student at the University of Houston, Texas.
“The stress was too much for her and it ‘broke her’,” Nicole’s sister Camille Linton wrote. “So began the journey of Nicole’s four-year battle with mental illness.”
In May of this year, Linton fled her apartment amid a panic attack. When police approached to help her, she jumped onto the hood of her squad car and was arrested for disorderly conduct. At the station, she then called her family, who were concerned about their pet turtle, the documents showed.
According to the court documents, Linton’s mental struggles became apparent in May 2018 when she was a nursing student at the University of Houston, Texas
Days later, Linton began telling her family that she was obsessed with her late grandmother.
Then the next day, while checking into Ben Taub Psychiatric Hospital, Linton was stitched up after banging her head against a pane of glass while ranting about the Supreme Court and the police. The documents said she sang Bob Marley songs while she was getting stitches.
While staying at Ben Taub, Linton was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed medication to relieve it.
But over a year later, her family involuntarily committed her to a psychiatric ward when neighbors complained that she was walking around the apartment building naked.
She then stopped taking her medication during the pandemic when a therapist told her she was just scared.
From then on her health began to deteriorate precipitously – she stopped sleeping, became obsessed with cleaning, accused family members of stealing and scolded them.
Linton’s Mercedes sped past a gas station, then crashed into the side of a traffic jam, causing a blazing inferno in the Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles
Police are investigating the fatal consequences of the brutal accident that killed 6 people in August
Linton’s defense argued that her long history of mental health and her “apparently bizarre” behavior did not mean she should be locked up in prison, but that she should instead be released for treatment and monitoring in a psychiatric facility.
‘MS. Linton would be best housed in a mental health facility where she can be monitored and treated for her illness,” her attorneys wrote, demanding that she be allowed to wear an ankle monitor and be tested at UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.
The defense also submitted character statements from her family vouching for Linton.
“She is a godly person who has put her trust in him,” Linton’s mother, Beverly Harrison, wrote. My sweet baby, I love her but God loves her most of all.”
And another of her sisters, Kimberly, spoke about how Nicole had planned to enroll in medical school next year.
“Nicole is about saving lives and she always has both empathy and sympathy for every life and family lost no matter how often you see something like this in this area,” she wrote.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11181777/Nurse-killed-six-fiery-Los-Angeles-crash-unconscious-time.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 The nurse who killed six people in a fiery accident in Los Angeles may have been unconscious at the time