Updates To Las Vegas Strip Crash As Police Determine What Exactly Happened
A crowded street turned deadly Sunday evening after a car driver barreled down the Las Vegas Strip and ran over dozens of people walking on the sidewalk. The incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. local time on Las Vegas Boulevard between Harmon Avenue and Flamingo Road, a section that houses the Bellagio, Paris Hotel, and Planet Hollywood. "This is a huge tragedy that has occurred on our Strip," Las Vegas Police Lt. Peter Boffelli told reporters that evening. Update: The driver of the car has been identified as Lakeisha N. Holloway. Holloway will be charged with one count of murder. A motive has not yet been conclusively established.
At least one person was killed and another 37 people were injured, seven of whom are in critical condition, Boffelli said. Four people were treated for their injuries and released.
The female driver, an African American in her 20s, is in police custody after fleeing the scene. Her car, a 1996 Oldsmobile, was found at a nearby off-the-Strip hotel, Tuscany Suites and Casino. Police said the car was registered in Oregon, and a 3-year-old child was in the car with her at the time of the incident and was uninjured, police said. Boffelli could not confirm whether the driver was a local or one of the tens of millions of visitors that escape to Las Vegas every year.
"We are treating this as an intentional act," Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan McGrath told reporters. "We expect her to be charged in the next few hours." The driver was also tested for alcohol and controlled substances. Boffelli also said the incident was not being treated as an act of terrorism, but it was not ruled out and counter-terrorism units were at the scene.
In a statement, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said he would continue to stay in contact with local authorities about any developments. "The state stands ready to help and will provide any assistance needed to ensure the safety of our visitors and residents," he said. "Kathleen [the state's First Lady] and I extend our deepest sympathies to all who are affected by this shocking and tragic event."
The incident occurred just as the Miss Universe pageant was winding down at Planet Hollywood, though the two aren't believed to be connected.
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