The Latest: Vegas crash witness heard driver gun motor

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Posted: Dec 22, 2015 8:02 PM
The Latest: Vegas crash witness heard driver gun motor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on a deadly crash on the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

An Oregon wrestling coach who was in Las Vegas on Sunday for a college tournament says he and some of his players were walking down stairs outside the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino when a car came up over the curb and he "heard the motor gun."

Severin Walsh said Tuesday that once all four tires were back on the ground, the female driver sped forward, steering around light poles and street signs to hit people in the crowd.

Walsh says four wrestlers in his group of 20 players and coaches from Pacific University were struck at the end of the crash scene, suffering cuts, minor injuries and soreness that lingered days later.

The 24-year-old suspect, Lakeisha Holloway, has been charged with murder and other counts and is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

The crash killed one person and left dozens injured, some critically.

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3:15 p.m.

The U.S. Forest Service says a woman accused of plowing her car through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was an ex-employee in its Portland, Oregon, office.

Spokesman Glen Sachet said Lakeisha Holloway performed administrative functions for the agency before resigning in 2012.

Sachet said she joined the agency in 2009 and took a four-month break in late 2010.

Since 2010, Holloway had participated in the employment and training program at the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk young people earn a high school diploma and get job training.

The center said in a statement that Holloway had invested years in "overcoming her disadvantaged background and was successful in her academic and career pursuits."

The 24-year-old Holloway was charged Tuesday with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run.

1:10 p.m.

A defense attorney for a woman accused of plowing her car through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip says it's too soon to say if her mental condition will become part of her defense.

Deputy Public Defender Joseph Abood said Tuesday that Lakeisha Nicole Holloway hasn't had a psychiatric evaluation and he hasn't seen police reports yet about Sunday's crash.

Police say the 24-year-old Holloway is on suicide watch in jail. She's due in court Wednesday to face charges of murder, felony hit-and-run, and child abuse and neglect.

Abood says she'll plead not guilty. Police say her 3-year-old daughter was with her in the vehicle but wasn't hurt.

Abood calls the crash shocking and tragic and expresses sympathy for the victims and their families.

Authorities say an Arizona woman died and dozens were injured.

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11:15 a.m.

Prosecutors in Nevada have charged a woman with murder, child abuse and felony hit-and-run after authorities say she repeatedly plowed her vehicle into crowds on the Las Vegas Strip.

Documents filed Tuesday list the charges against 24-year-old Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, who is due in court Wednesday.

She is being held in jail without bail in Sunday's crash that killed 1 and injured dozens. Police say her 3-year-old daughter was with her in the vehicle but wasn't hurt.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has said prosecutors were considering "a great number" of additional charges against Holloway.

The crash killed 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela of Buckeye, Arizona, and sent at least 35 people to hospitals, including three in critical condition.

Other victims are from Oregon, Florida, Colorado, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Mexico and Canada.