Police identify 24-year-old woman accused of hitting almost 40 people on Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS – Police have identified the driver who is accused of veering onto a crowded sidewalk several times on the Las Vegas Strip, killing one and injuring almost 40 people in what authorities described as an “intentional” act.

Monday authorities said the 24-year-old suspect is Lakeisha Holloway, who had her 3-year-old child in the car during the crash.

At least one person was killed and 37 others injured near the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday night, authorities said.

Witnesses said the woman was driving down Las Vegas Boulevard before her car jumped onto the sidewalk and started striking pedestrians.

She allegedly drove the 1996 Oldsmobile sedan onto the sidewalk at different spots and hit more people before barreling down the road.

‘Not an act of terrorism’

Police arrested the driver and she is undergoing tests for alcohol and controlled substances.

A 3-year-old in the car with her was unharmed.

Authorities ruled out terrorism but said an initial investigation showed the driver did it deliberately.

“This was not an act of terrorism,” Brett Zimmerman said, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief. “We are treating this as an intentional act.”

The driver, who is in her 20s, went onto the sidewalk at least three or four times, according to Zimmerman.

Homicide division officials are looking at numerous surveillance videos from the Strip.

She ‘just kept mowing people down’

Antonio Nassar said people scrambled to stop the woman as she drove on the sidewalk.

“The car rolled right in front of me. By the time I looked over to the right, all you could see was (her) driving away, and people were bouncing off the front of the car,” Nassar told CNN affiliate KLAS.

“She rode the sidewalk, she came to a stop at the Paris intersection, people are punching into the window. … She accelerated again and just kept mowing people down.”

Another witness, Sofie Kitteroed, told CNN’s “New Day” that bystanders rushed to the scene to help bleeding victims.

Emergency vehicles were trying to cut through traffic to get there, she said. Convoys of ambulances and police cars gathered at various spots, their lights flashing.

Justin Cochrane said he was having dinner at a patio restaurant when he suddenly saw the car.

It slowed down, turned toward the sidewalk and accelerated, he said.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department urged witnesses to flag down officers at the scene and give them a statement.

A witness described a chaotic scene as people fled.

“Everyone was running … and as I was running, I saw a car up on the sidewalk coming to toward us,” a witness told CNN affiliate KLAS. “I saw a lady, she didn’t seem like she wanted to stop the car, she had both hands on her wheel.”

The witness said people tried to stop the driver.

“I saw men running after her, yelling, ‘stop, stop!’ As she was passing, we saw people running after her. Everyone was so frantic and just running around.”

Ricardo Torres, a reporter with the Review Journal, tweeted several photos and reports that “dozens” of people were in the crowd the vehicle “plowed” into in front of Planet Hollywood.

Heinrich stated earlier there are reports that multiple people were hit by a car on the Las Vegas Strip and that there are also unconfirmed reports of a shooting inside Planet Hollywood, however she stated police sources tell her that no shots have been fired.

Heinrich, citing a police source, also reports the driver who allegedly hit numerous pedestrians is in custody.

Twitter user Brandon Vaccarro tweeted several photos that appear to show the emergency response on the Las Vegas Strip.

35 comments

    • Lester Lewis.

      Cars are highly regulated and the privilege to drive requires a license. Cars are coded to locate the owners. There hundreds of ways you lose your privilege.
      I would certainly agree with regulating fire arms as extensively as we regulate the use of independent vehicle ownership and use. You gun comparison is not very hidden nor is it clever or relevant, but it’s a good idea to bring fire arms to levels of driving vehicles.

      • Michael Wimbish

        You, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Chairman Mao, and Pol Pot have much in common then. The documented, undeniable results of gun control are millions dead at the hands of the very government that imposed those sanctions on its citizens. The executions were preceded with mandatory firearm registration.

        When you need a firearm and don’t have one, you’ll likely never need one again; there is no better equalizer. Deny someone the use of a vehicle, they can still travel. Deny someone the means of self-defense and you have effectively put them in the grave yourself.

        However, I agree his quip was irrelevant.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        The right to own and drive a car isn’t a constitutional right Lester. Owning and bearing firearms is. That’s a concept that the liberals just can’t grasp.

      • Cornelius

        Do you have to have a background check before you can purchase a car? Do you have to pay the federal government an extra fee and have permission from the sheriff to buy a car with an automatic transmission? What if you want a muffler on the car? That will be an extra fee to the federal government.
        It’s a good thing that we have all those regulations on cars, because nobody ever steals a car, and nobody ever drives on a suspended license. People would never think of mixing alcohol and driving.
        By the way, his gun comparison was not meant to be hidden or clever. That would be too hard for people like you to pick out, and than you would agree with what he said instead of what he meant. As for being relevant, why do you think it’s not relevant. A crazy person just used a car to mow down dozens of people. You will point to crazy people using guns to kill people (even when those guns were obtained illegally, by the way) as an excuse to restrict my rights further.

      • Robbi

        I think Lester Lewis that the simple truth is that you’re not able to think for yourself and to actively read the reports done by multiple colleges and institutions telling us that different laws would result is the same outcome. Legislation is certainly not the definitive answer. It is so much easier when one does not have to be responsible for their own actions, but instead allows a benevolent government to tell you what is necessary but it tends to make a society of automatons who are less than useful in any situation. .

  • Ivan

    When will Obama call for reasonable Vehicle restrictions? Just kidding Obama does not care if all 33 people died they don’t fit his agenda.

    • James Allan White

      Incredible, they stopped after they harmed the total of the Illuminati coveted number 33. Must be an Illuminati terrorist attack. Lets go to war against the Illuminati, wait, they run the United States government secretly. I guess we will have chaos since that’s how they define controlling the Goyims (human cattle).

  • Marc

    This almost sounds as if it was intentional, similar to that situation in Stillwater, OK a few months back! I hope they yanked this woman out of her car and beat her A$$!!!

    • justanothernurse

      Be careful! ! Its been confirmed that the suspect is an young African American woman. While I understand the desire for punishment and justice, I am sure that this will be construed as a racist remark. Much still needs to be revealed about this woman and her motive as it has been confirmed that this was a deliberate act. Im praying for the victims and families.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    @LESTER LEWIS
    Lester represents the limp wristed mentality of liberals who don’t understand that driving a car is a privilage and owning a firearm is a right. Wake up and smell the roses Lester.

  • boyhowdy (@editors_desk)

    where is the picture and her name… hmmm… why is this not made public? are we smelling what’s cooking here folks? how long does it take? if the perp was white… well it would be plastered all over google already. so what gives…?

  • ANOTHERBOB

    No question about it!! Time to start doing background checks on anybody allowed to drive a 2 ton vehicle that is able to kill and maime innocent people. That God she didn’t have a gun. She might have killed 1 and injured 37 people …..

  • mark traina (@obessed56)

    This TERROR ATTACK is 100% PRESIDENT OBAMA’s FAULT!

    OBAMA sweeps to VICTORY as AMERICA’S first BLACK PRESIDENT on NOV. 5th,
    2008
    Obama cautioned, “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep!”
    Young and charismatic, but with little experience on the national
    level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated
    Republican John McCain to become the first African-American destined to
    sit in the Oval Office, America’s 44th president. He was the first
    Democrat to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since
    Jimmy Carter in 1976.
    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/pres_electionday
    NAAWP 2014 RESPONSE:
    At the time everyone seemed to be excited, and held high expectations
    for BARACK OBAMA and the newly elected DEMOCRATS, in both the HOUSE of
    REPRESENTATIVES, and the UNITED STATES SENATE! At that time no one
    could have predicted with any certainty how LONG the ROAD would be, nor
    the STEEPNESS of AMERICA’s DECLINE! As the 1st BLACK PRESIDENT,
    BARACK’s failures came “FAST and FURIOUS”, and they impacted AMERICAN
    LIVES in ways that no one in AMERICA could have ever IMAGINED!
    AMERICANS lost their JOBS, their VEHICLES, their HOMES and most of
    their MATERIAL POSSESSIONS during PRESIDENT OBAMA’s 1st TERM in OFFICE!
    Hundreds of thousands of SMALL BUSINESSES CONSOLIDATED, COLLAPSED, or
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    DISABILITY BENEFITS and other forms of ENTITLEMENTS became a NEW WAY of
    LIFE for TENS of MILLIONS of AMERICANS!
    As AMERICA’s DEFICIT has RISEN, AMERICA’s WORLD CREDIT SCORE has
    DEMINISHED! The COLLAPSE of the VALUE a DOLLAR on the WORLD MARKET has
    SET the STAGE for the biggest RECESSION in AMERICAN HISTORY in the
    coming years!
    In 2014, AMERICA can best be described as a NATION of ENTITLEMENTERS,
    rather than a NATION of GREAT MINDS, CREATIVE THINKERS and
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    at PRESIDENT OBAMA, but at all of our ELECTED POLITICAL LEADERS in
    GENERAL! AMERICANS want CHANGE, we need CHANGE, but we need CHANGE that
    we can BELIEVE IN – not FANTACIES, not FALSE PROMISES and no more
    MISLEADERS!
    DEMOCRATS are on the CHOPPING BLOCK in November of 2014; however,
    AMERICANS don’t seem to have much FAITH in the REPUBLICAN PARTY either!
    The TEA PARTY seems to be “OUT of TOUCH with REALITY” and PATROITS
    GROUPS seem to be “LOST in SPACE”! CHRISTIANS seem to know what they
    BELIEVE IN, but don’t seem to have any IDEA, as to which HUMAN BEINGS
    that they can TRUST to REPRESENT them!
    FACT: When we elect PUBLIC OFFICIALS, we are basically hiring them to
    PROTECT and SERVE our PUBLIC INTEREST! Sadly, that’s not what we have
    been getting from our most of our LOCAL, STATE and NATIONAL ELECTED
    OFFICIALS!
    Furthermore, AMERICANS do not like PRESIDENT OBAMA’s:
    1) POLITICAL AGENDA
    2) EXPENSIVE and FREQUENT VACATIONS
    3) GOLFING ADVENTURES
    4) HEALTHCARE PLAN
    5) COMMON CORE
    6) CHARTER SCHOOLS
    7) ATTORNEY GENERAL
    8) DEPARTMENT of EDUCATION
    9) INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    10) IMMIGRATION POLICY
    11) SUPPLYING our ENEMIES with anything that can be used against U.S.
    12) INABILITY to STAY FOCUSED and ON-TASK
    13) BENGHIZA SCANDAL
    14) FLOODING our NATION with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS from MEXICO, SOUTH and CENTRAL AMERICA
    15) FLOODING our NATION with RADICAL ISLAMIC MUSLIM MUDDA FUGGERS, that he has INTENTIONAL brought to AMEIRCA to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY U.S.
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    to be ready for the 1st time since the aftermath of the GREAT
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    So let’s begin the PURGE on November the 4th, 2014, but let’s not let
    it end there!
    Can I get an AMEN?
    MARK TRAINA is a STAFF WRITER for the NAAWP
    NATIONAL ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of WHITE PEOPLE – 2015

    • anotherbob

      Lol how did so many idiots turn this story into gun politics? What if this driver had suffered a severe medical condition that caused her to plow through people? Do you think it’s a good idea while in the moment to pull out a gun and start firing at a car while so many other people are in the vicinity? The lack of intelligence from your post and others on here is palpable.

      • ANOTHER-ANOTHERBOB

        It’s all about the hypocrisy from the liberal left Bob. Kill someone with a gun and it is a big deal. Kill somebody with your car and nobody cares.

  • ANOTHERBOB

    According to Hillary Clinton Lakeisha Holloway is a product of her village …. Hillary’s village would be more correct.

    • wishiwaswrong

      It’s great to see the person at fault for everything is making a smooth transition from Barack to Hillary. Ingrained reflexes can often be difficult to modify.

      • WISHIWASWRONG IS WRONG

        The hypocrisy of the liberal left is there for everybody to see. If this had been a white man with a gun instead of a black woman with a car Hillary and King Obama would still be talking gun control.

  • georgevreelandhill2010

    This was an act of terrorism.
    This is a Muslim terrorist and this is how Muslims act.
    They want to force their beliefs on others.
    Many will kill to do it.
    The others will shake your hand, but stab you in the back.
    None of them can be trusted.
    This country is VERY stupid for letting them in.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Alicia

    One important bit of information missing from this report: she screamed “Allahu Akbar” as she ran up onto the sidewalk and ran-over upwards of 40 people in Las Vegas last night.

  • Heywood Jablowme

    Well it’s apparent that cars kill more people than assault guns so we should ban cars. It’s only right.

  • P Vance

    This woman had her 3 year old in the car while going on a rampage. Usually behaviors like this don’t just happen once. There may have been a pattern and someone should have intervened for the child’s sake long before this incident. Parents who are struggling should get help from places such as: http://www.annunderstands. com.

  • Steve B

    This attack came exactly on the one year anniversary of an attack in France, where three Islamic men plowed their car into pedestrians three times injuring 11, 3 severely. Notice how this attack happened right in the Paris intersection? These people are big on dates and anniversaries. Witnesses also said she was shouting Allah Akbar when she plowed into the people. They don’t want to discourage people from visiting Las Vegas obviously and our president surely would not want to try to stop this type of thing.

  • COALITION TO STOP CAR VIOLENCE

    People should be required to undergo background checks by the FBI before being allowed to operate 4,000 pound vehicles made of steel that are capable of killing and injuring people.

  • HYRUM_JUSTICE

    The diva was having a hissy fit. People that don’t like the way she drives should stay off the sidewalk.

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