Last night at approximately 6:40 p.m., an Oregon woman repeatedly drove
her 1996 Oldsmobile up onto a sidewalk on the Las Vegas strip, killing
one person and injuring 37 more. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
identified 24-year-old Lakeisha N. Holloway as the driver of the vehicle.
Holloway has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, and may face
additional charges including leaving the scene of an accident and multiple
counts of attempted murder with a deadly weapon for what is being described
as an “intentional act.” Holloway had a 3-year-old child in
the vehicle with her at the time of the incident, which may mean that
she could also be charged with child abuse/neglect.
The reasons behind this terrible act are unclear, but the authorities have
so far ruled out terrorism as a motive. Witnesses say that the woman deliberately
turned and accelerated onto the sidewalk three or four times, driving
through crowds of people. According to the arrest report, the woman drove
for about a mile past the scene of the incident and stopped at another
hotel, where she asked a valet to call the police because she had just
hit several people.
Homicide officials are currently reviewing security footage. Police identified
32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela, of Buckeye, Arizona, as the person killed
in the crash. Of the 15 patients that arrived at University Medical Center,
three are still in critical condition and nine are in serious condition.
Four of the victims are students from Pacific University in Oregon, and
five patients were visiting from Quebec. Other victims hailed from Mexico,
Florida, and Colorado. The youngest victim is 11 years old.
Authorities say that Holloway was driving with a license that was suspended
in 2013 and had never been reinstated. She is currently being held without bail.
We at Shook & Stone extend our deepest sympathy to the victims of this
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