Driver in Los Angeles-area crash that killed 5 people, including pregnant woman, charged with 6 counts of murder

A driver has been charged with six counts of murder in a violent crash that killed five people last week near Los Angeles.

A pregnant woman was killed and her fetus did not survive.

Nicole Lorraine Linton, 37, of Houston, is also charged with five counts of gross negligence manslaughter, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said Monday afternoon.

Security video shows a Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe driving through a red light on Thursday before colliding with several vehicles in Windsor Hills, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that Linton was driving the Mercedes at “a high speed.” The investigation is continuing.

Highway Patrol officials did not immediately respond to a request for an update on Monday.

“This is a case that will always be remembered for the senseless loss of so many innocent lives as they simply went about their daily lives,” Gascón said in a statement Monday.

It was unclear whether Linton had an attorney, and the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Linton was hospitalized with moderate injuries, but the district attorney’s office said Monday she is expected in court to be arraigned before the end of Monday.

Ashley Ryan, 23, was on her way to an appointment with an obstetrician when her vehicle was struck, family members said. Her boyfriend, whom the coroner has not publicly identified, and her 11-month-old son, Alonzo Quintero, were also killed.

The family said Ryan and her boyfriend plan to name their unborn child Armani Lester.

Two women in another vehicle also died in the accident; they have not been publicly identified.

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