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Nurse charged with six counts of murder after fatal car crash in Los Angeles

Nurse charged with six counts of murder after fatal car crash in Los Angeles
Nicole Lorraine Linton is being held on $9m bail after she being released from hospital

An ICU nurse suspected of causing a fiery crash in Los Angeles that killed six people and injured eight more has been charged with multiple counts of murder.

Nicole Lorrine Linton, 37, was charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, prosecutors announced on Monday, according to KTLA.

Ms Linton’s Mercedes-Benz ran a red light at high speed at an intersection in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, last Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Footage of the fatal crash posted to social media shows the vehicle crash into several vehicles before exploding into flames.

Among the victims of the six-car crash were pregnant mother Asherey Ryan, her 11-month-old son Alonzo and boyfriend Reynold Lester, her sister Sha’seana Kerr said in a GoFundMe posting.

<p>Nurse Nicole Linton will be charged with six counts of murder, prosecutors say</p>

Nurse Nicole Linton will be charged with six counts of murder, prosecutors say

The family had been on their way to a pregnancy check when the crash occurred, family members told KTLA.

The unborn child was listed as “baby boy Ryan” in coroner’s record, according to KABC.

Ms Linton, who is from Texas, was transferred from hospital to LA County’s Century Regional Detention Facility on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement on Monday, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon described the crash as “tragic”.