Nicole Linton Charged W/ Killing Six Might Have Lost Consciousness & Suffered A Mental Health Crisis Prior To Los Angeles Fiery Crash

Nicole Linton

Nicole Linton Charged W/ Killing Six Might Have Lost Consciousness & Suffered A Mental Health Crisis Prior To Los Angeles Fiery Crash

The travel nurse who killed six people in a tragic car accident may have been battling a mental health issue.

According to court reports, Nicole Linton, who faces murder charges for allegedly crashing her Mercedes-Benz into Windsor Hills traffic, was battling a “frightening” mental health crisis in the days, hours, and minutes prior to the accident.  The shocking facts came through Nicole Linton’s defense attorneys who recently transcribed the most detailed narrative so far of the events that lead up to the fatal accident that left five people and an unborn child dead. Obtained health records detail Nicole Linton’s four-year struggle with bipolar disorder and it features a determination by doctors in the aftermath of the incident that she battled an “apparent lapse of consciousness,” during the time of the accident.

As previously reported, Linton was arrested after she sped through a red light at 90 mph crashing her vehicle into passing traffic killing six people. Linton was charged with six counts of murder. Since then, she has been behind bars as prosecutors alleged she is a flight risk and danger to the community.

Doctor William Winter stated:

“She has no recollection of the events that led to her collision.” 

Doctor Winter continued:

“The next thing she recalled was lying on the pavement and seeing that her car was on fire.”

Medical records state that Doctor Winter claimed that the travel nurse has bipolar disorder and had an “apparent lapse of consciousness” at the time of the car accident. In May 2018, Linton’s family became aware of her mental health issues when she attended nursing school at the University of Texas in Houston. Camille Linton, her sister, said in a letter to the court that her sister’s studies to be a nurse anesthetist started her mental health breakdowns. Camille Linton wrote:

“The stress was too much for her and it ‘broke’ her. Thus beginning the journey of Nicole’s 4-year struggle with mental illness.”

Her attorneys said that Linton ran out of her apartment in May 2018 having a panic attack. Authorities arrived and she jumped on top of the police car and was arrested for disorderly conduct. When Linton contacted her family from the police station she was mostly concerned about her pet turtle. Following her arrest, Linton told her family that she allegedly was possessed by her dead grandmother.

Lawyers stated that a little over a year later, Linton was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward after her neighbor called her family after seeing Linton running around her apartment naked. Her mental health deteriorated further after she refused to take her psychiatric medication during the pandemic. Her lawyers said an online therapist also told her she suffered from anxiety. Her attorneys wrote:

“In the days and hours leading up to the events of August 4, Nicole’s behavior became increasingly frightening.”

Nicole Linton

Reports state that on the day of the fiery crash, Linton drove home from the hospital to eat lunch and FaceTimed her sister completely naked. She then went back to work and called her sister once more to let her know she was leaving work again, a few minutes before the crash. Lawyers wrote:

“She told her sister that she was flying out to meet her in Houston the next day so she could do her niece’s hair. She also said that she would be getting married and that her sister should meet her at the altar.”

In court, Linton’s attorney’s argued that she shouldn’t be kept incarcerated being that she suffers from mental health trauma. Instead, her lawyers stated that she should be released for testing at UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital while wearing an ankle monitor. Otherwise, lawyers argued that Linton should be released on no more than $300,000 bail, adding that was all she could afford.

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill