An Oregon woman who drove into a crowded Las Vegas pavement has been charged with murder on Tuesday.
Lakeisha N. Holloway was charged with murder with a deadly weapon in the death of a woman. Several others were also injured in the incident. Holloway was arrested after she plowed into the pavement on Sunday. In a statement, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said, “This is a horrendous and inexcusable act that has needlessly and tragically impacted countless lives. I am confident that, as the investigation unfolds, we will be filing many more charges against Ms. Holloway.”
As details surfaced about the suspect, it was revealed that she was given an award in 2012 by the non-profit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center. She was also featured in one of the organization’s promotional videos. A police report revealed that she drove about a mile on a flat tire after plowing her car onto pedestrians, parked it and asked a hotel employee to call the police. She then surrendered.
As reported by BBC, Holloway’s lawyer, Joseph Abood, said the suspect will plead not guilty to charges brought against her. During the time she was being held without bail, she was placed on suicide watch, according to the police.
It has not been made clear why Holloway drove into the crowded pavement. The person who died in the accident has been identified as Jessica Valenzuela. Three of the several who were injured in the incident remain in critical condition. Close to the scene of the accident was Planet Hollywood where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being hosted.
Yahoo News reports that according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo, Holloway may have been traveling to Texas, where her daughter’s father lives. Lombardo further added that while the couple may have had a falling out, it couldn’t be made clear what might have “caused her to snap.”