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Ore. students hurt in Vegas as Portland driver hits pedestrians

Photo: John Locher/AP
Photo: John Locher/AP

Updated (12/21 2pm) — (NBC News) One person is dead and dozens injured after a car crashed into a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night.

At least six of the 26 people injured are in critical condition.

Police say a car driven by 24-year old Lakeisha Holloway of Oregon drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino.

Investigators believe Holloway intentionally targeted pedestrians.

“We haven’t determined what the motive was. We believe she had disassociation with father of the child,” said Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.

Holloway has been charged with one count of murder, and will likely face additional charges.

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Las Vegas, Nev. — (KGW and NBC News) Four Pacific University wrestlers were hurt by a woman in a car with Oregon plates that plowed into dozens of pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip Sunday, according to police.

The incident killed one person and injured at least 26 others, including the Oregon students, who are part of the PU wrestling team.  One of the students remained hospitalized Monday, two were released overnight and the other was treated at the scene, according to PU spokesman Joe Lang.

The driver was identified as Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, of Portland, according Clark County, Nevada officials. Police said she appears to have recently moved to the area.

Holloway also had a toddler in her car when she swerved onto the sidewalk and repeatedly plowed into the pedestrians on the crowded strip, police said.  The 3-year-old child was unharmed.

Holloway was arrested a short time later and faces several charges, including murder, child abuse and failure to remain at an accident scene.  She is being held without bail.

The PU men’s wrestling team was in Las Vegas to compete in the Wartburg Desert Duals on Monday. The team, comprised of 19 student-athletes and coaches, were walking together when the incident occurred.

PU President Lesley Hallick issued this statement on Monday:

“The safety and well-being of our students and employees, both those injured and all who witnessed this traumatic incident, are of paramount importance. We are relieved that none of our students suffered life threatening injuries, but at the same time, saddened to hear of those who were killed or critically injured. We are very thankful to all of the first responders, and to our athletic trainer, who worked tirelessly to treat both the injured and those emotionally shaken by what they witnessed. I am also most appreciative of our coaches and athletic staff for reaching out to our wrestling student-athletes and their families to provide support and to arrange to bring the team home today.”

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