LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Lakeisha Holloway has had her first court date. Holloway is the woman who drove her car onto the sidewalk in the Las Vegas strip, killing one person and injuring 37 others. [See LBN’s report on the incident.] She was charged on December 22 with murder with a deadly weapon, one count of leaving the scene of an accident (also a felony), and child abuse or endangerment because her three-year-old daughter was in the car when the incident took place.
Holloway would not tell Las Vegas police investigating the case why she drove onto the sidewalk. She had been living in the car for about a week before the crash. Because her car went onto the sidewalk several times, officials believe that the incident was intentional.
The incident seems to be a sharp break from a difficult past that Holloway seemed to have overcome. After surviving a rough childhood that included periods of homelessness, Holloway graduated from a special high school and received an award from the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk youths with education and job training. It is not clear what went wrong in Holloway’s life that might have led to the incident. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said it's not clear what may have caused Holloway to "snap."
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