Las Vegas Crash: Suspect Who Drove Into Pedestrians Faces Murder Charge
Las Vegas crash: Prosecutors say that a woman who intentionally drove into a crowded Las Vegas strip will face a murder charge. One person was killed in the incident.Advertisement
Lakeisha Holloway, 24, plowed into pedestrians on a Las Vegas pavement, after which she escaped the scene. While officials believe that the suspect’s intent was deliberate, they did not discuss what her motive was. Authorities have ruled out terrorism. “This was not an act of terrorism,” Brett Zimmerman, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief, said. “We are treating this as an intentional act.”
Of the 36 victims injured in the accident, three remain in critical condition. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg identified the deceased as Jessica Valenzuela, 32.
Holloway’s daughter, 3, who was in the car with her mother at the time of the crash, is currently in the custody of child services.
According to CNN, Holloway will initially face a single charge of murder with a deadly weapon, District Attorney Steven Wolfson said, adding that there could be further charges that include multiple counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident and child abuse/neglect.
Zimmerman said that Holloway drive into the sidewalk at least three or four times. At the time of the accident, the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being hosted at a hotel nearby. As reported by BBC, five Canadians and a group of university students from Oregon were among those injured in the accident.
One witness said that the car was being driven between 30-40 miles per hour when it struck the people on the pavement. “It was just massacring people,” Justin Cochrane said.
University Medical Center was one of the hospitals where the injured arrived and were being treated. Of the 15 patients, one died, two were discharged, three are in critical condition and nine are in serious condition, the hospital said.