Driver Who Reportedly Killed 1 Woman and Injured Several Dozen in Las Vegas Is Identified

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Lakeisha N. Holloway

Las Vegas police are still searching for answers after, they say, a woman deliberately drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk of a busy street known as the Strip on Sunday, leaving one person dead and injuring some 37 others.

"We have determined that this is an intentional act," Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman said of the crash during a press conference, adding that it was not an act of terrorism, CNN reports.


Jessica Valenzuela, 32, was identified by Clark County, Nev., Coroner John Fudenberg as the person killed in the incident. According to Fox News, Valenzuela, from Buckeye, Ariz., was visiting Las Vegas with her husband.

According to the Daily Mail, scores of people were on the street Sunday near the Planet Hollywood where the 2015 Miss Universe pageant was under way when 24-year-old Lakeisha N. Holloway, of Portland, Ore., drove her 1996 Oldsmobile sedan onto the crowded sidewalk. Holloway also had a 3-year-old toddler in the back seat of her car as she plowed into pedestrians, but neither the child nor Holloway was injured in the incident. 

Six people were transported to hospitals in critical condition, and several dozen were treated for injuries.

"This is a just a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip," Metro Police Capt. Peter Boffelli.


Holloway has been "accused of murder, child abuse or neglect and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, jail records show, and is being held without bail at Clark County Jail," the Daily Mail reports.

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