Fox News reports that prosecutors charged a homeless woman with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run after police accused her of intentionally crashing a car into a crowd of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.
The woman, Lakeisha Holloway, 23, had her 3-year-old daughter inside the car with her during the incident on Sunday evening, the report says.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release that it had charged Holloway with one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon, one count of child abuse, neglect or endangerment and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.
DA Steve Wolfson said during a Monday news conference that the death penalty was a “consideration.” The charge of leaving the scene of an accident is non-probational and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison under a new law that went into effect just two months ago.
One of Holloway’s public defense attorneys said she plans to plead not guilty, notes the report. Holloway is being held without bail.
An Oregon mom who had been living in her car with her 3-year-old daughter faces murder charges after she allegedly drove her vehicle into a bustling Las Vegas commercial strip, killing one and injuring dozens, according to various media accounts.
Police say she “snapped” under pressure after living in her car for week with her 3-year-old daughter, leading to a terrifying scene that sent pedestrians running for cover, reports say.
Lakeisha Holloway, 24, of Oregon, faces a murder charge after allegedly plowing her car into a jam-packed sidewalk on Sunday, according to CBS News. Her 3-year-old daughter was in the car with her at the time, and was uninjured, notes the report.
Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela of Buckeye, Arizona, died in the crash. The coroner said the suburban Phoenix woman was visiting Las Vegas with her husband.
Investigators believe the woman driving a 1996 Oldsmobile intentionally “went up and off these streets, two or possibly three times,” Lt. Dan McGrath said. A 3-year-old was in the car with her but was not hurt, police said.
The driver sped away before the vehicle was found at a hotel and she was taken into custody, police said.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told CNN it’s unclear what caused the young mother to “snap” after working so hard to get her life on track. In a 2012 video by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk youth with education and career, she talked about “coming a long way,” writes the cable news outlet.