The Latest: Vegas Strip crash defendant still uses old name

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Posted: Dec 23, 2015 6:45 PM
The Latest: Vegas Strip crash defendant still uses old name

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

3:45 p.m.

Officials say the woman accused of intentionally crashing into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip still uses the name on the suspended Oregon driver's license obtained by police following her arrest.

Records in Oregon show 24-year-old Lakeisha Nicole Holloway changed her name in October to Paris Paradise Morton.

Her attorney, Joseph Abood, said Wednesday that Holloway hasn't used the new name when he has spoken with her.

Prosecutor Eric Bauman says her license says Holloway, and records show it was suspended in April 2013.

Holloway was booked into jail early Monday, hours after the crash with her 3-year-old daughter in the car on Las Vegas Boulevard.

She's being held without bail pending a Jan. 20 court date on murder, child endangerment and hit-and-run charges.

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11:45 a.m.

A coroner in Nevada says the death of a woman struck by a car on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk is a homicide.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Wednesday that 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela of Buckeye, Arizona, died from multiple blunt-force injuries after a driver plowed into crowds of pedestrians Sunday evening. Dozens of people were injured.

The homicide finding was expected, and it doesn't find fault. That'll be up to the courts.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson says the finding supports the criminal case against 24-year-old Lakeisha Nicole Holloway.

Holloway made an initial appearance in court Wednesday on charges of murder, hit-and-run and child abuse.

Her public defender says that just because she's charged, it doesn't mean she's guilty.

Wolfson says he expects to file more charges in days ahead.

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9:20 a.m.

A woman accused of intentionally plowing a car with her child inside through crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk has been arraigned on murder, hit-and-run and child abuse charges.

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway stood in shackles Wednesday and didn't enter a plea during her brief court appearance.

She barely spoke and nodded to acknowledge that she understood she'll remain in jail through the holidays while both sides investigate the crash Sunday that killed a woman and injured dozens of people.

Defense lawyer Joseph Abood characterized his 24-year-old client as distraught.

The judge set a Jan. 20 date for a preliminary hearing of the evidence.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says additional charges are likely, depending on results of drug and alcohol tests and the police investigation.