The female driver behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz who caused a fiery multi-car crash that killed six people, including an infant and a pregnant woman, was arrested on Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Criminal charges are pending against 37-year-old Nicole Lorraine Linton. She was being treated at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for major injuries sustained in the crash, according to the CHP. Charges will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.''
Investigators said that the driver was going over 100 miles per hour, in a 35 mph zone, when she plowed into the intersection of S. La Brea and Slauson avenues around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Video from the scene showed the Mercedes-Benz driving at a high rate of speed, running a red light at the intersection and crashing directly into a dark-colored sedan, which in turn struck several other vehicles. The Mercedes-Benz and two other vehicles burst into flames following the collision, and the wreck came to a stop at the southwest corner of the intersection after striking a gas station sign.
"Due to extensive fire damage, it is unknown at this time the make and model of the involved vehicles and which vehicles the involved parties were traveling in," the CHP reported.''