Who Is Lakeisha Holloway? The Alleged Las Vegas Driver Caused The Crash Intentionally, Police Claim
A female driver was charged Monday morning for plowing into dozens of people on the Las Vegas Strip, according to The Oregonian. The Las Vegas driving suspect, Lakeisha Holloway, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of murder, first-degree child abuse or neglect, and not stopping at the scene of an accident. At least one person died and another 37 were injured during the Sunday incident, police said.
The terrifying episode happened around 6:40 p.m. local time on Las Vegas Boulevard between Harmon Avenue and Flamingo Road, a stretch of the famed Las Vegas Strip that includes the Bellagio, Paris Hotel, and Planet Hollywood. The car swerved on and off the sidewalk at least two or three times, police said, and a 3-year-old child was in the vehicle during the incident. "We are treating this as an intentional act," Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan McGrath told reporters a few hours before Holloway was charged.
According to The Oregonian, Holloway, 24, was from Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center after a turbulent childhood, The Skanner reported in 2012. At the time, Holloway said she would pursue a career in the Forest Service.
Holloway was detained shortly after the crash, at a nearby off-the-Strip hotel, the Tuscany Casino and Suites. Her car, a 1996 Oldsmobile, was found in the hotel's parking lot and displayed Oregon plates. Police said it appeared Holloway recently moved to the Las Vegas area, perhaps even as recent as a week ago.
Holloway was tested for alcohol and controlled substances and was questioned through the night, police said. Officials have ruled out the possibility that this was an act of terrorism.