Vegas Driver 'Remembered Body Breaking Windshield'

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway charged with murder and more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 22, 2015 3:58 PM CST
Vegas Driver 'Remembered Body Breaking Windshield'
Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of an incident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas.    (John Locher)

The woman accused of intentionally plowing a car carrying her young daughter through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was charged Tuesday with murder, child abuse, and hit-and-run. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he expects to file additional charges against Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, in coming days. "This is an ongoing investigation with many items of video, physical evidence and many, many witnesses to be interviewed," Wolfson said. "I've personally seen the videos from a variety of angles, and I'm appalled at the callousness of this defendant's conduct and what appears to be an intentional act." One of Holloway's public defense attorneys, Joseph Abood, said she plans to plead not guilty, and added that he doesn't know whether Holloway's mental health will emerge as a defense.

Authorities say Holloway repeatedly swerved Sunday onto the sidewalk packed with tourists in front of the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels, killing one and injuring at least 35. After she was arrested, she told investigators she was homeless and out of money, sleeping in her car in casino parking garages but getting little rest because casino security would force her out. She might have been on her way to Texas to find the estranged father of her daughter, authorities said. "She ended up on the Strip, 'a place she did not want to be,'" a police report quoted her as saying. "She would not explain why she drove onto the sidewalk but remembered a body bouncing off her windshield, breaking it." People jumped on the car and banged on its windows, but Holloway kept driving, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. She went about a mile with a broken windshield and a flattened tire before pulling into an off-Strip hotel and telling a valet to call 911. Holloway showed no resistance when police arrived and spoke coherently about what happened, the sheriff said. (More Las Vegas stories.)

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