Oregon woman held in Las Vegas Strip sidewalk rampage drove with license suspended

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Suspect in Las Vegas Crash Expected to Be Charged With Murder

An Oregon woman who killed one woman and injured at least 35 pedestrians when she plowed her car into crowds on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk on Sunday evening was driving with her license suspended, authorities said on Monday.

Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, who was homeless and had been living in her sedan with her toddler, gave herself up to officers a short distance from the scene of the carnage. She parked her car and told a valet to call 911, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a news conference.

Surveillance video from the scene supports the police assertion that Holloway drove into pedestrians as "an intentional act," Lombardo said.

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He told reporters Holloway made a statement to police explaining her motive. He declined to relate what she said, other than that the incident did not appear to be a militant attack.

"Her license was suspended by the Oregon DMV in 2012 and was also suspended by (Portland's) Multnomah County in 2013 and has not been reinstated," said Sally Ridenour, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

U.S. law enforcement has been on heightened alert since 14 people died in a Dec. 2 shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California, by a married couple inspired by Islamic extremists.

Pictures of the suspect and from the scene of the crash:

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Oregon woman held in Las Vegas Strip sidewalk rampage drove with license suspended
Lakeisha Nicole Holloway enters district court with one of her public defenders, Scott Coffee, for her arraignment Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Holloway, who crashed her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Dec. 20, has been charged with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
Lakeisha Nicole Holloway enters district court for her arraignment Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Holloway, who crashed her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Dec. 20, has been charged with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, center, appears with her public defenders Joseph Abood, left, and Scott Coffee in district court for her arraignment Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Holloway, who crashed her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Dec. 20, has been charged with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
Lakeisha N. Holloway, third from left, leaves the courtroom as one of her public defenders, Scott Coffee, left, looks on following her arraignment in district court Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Holloway, who crashed her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, has been charged with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
This photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Lakeisha N. Holloway, who police said smashed into crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, killing one person and injuring dozens. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
Booking photo of suspect Lakeisha Holloway, arrested in last night's deadly crash on the strip. #LVMPDnews https://t.co/Gsp3NND9Ar
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, left, and Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson speak at a news conference, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. The two officials spoke about the car driven by suspect Lakeisha N. Holloway, pictured on monitor, of Oregon, who police said smashed into crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night, killing one person and injuring dozens. (AP Photo/David Becker)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Police officers stand on the Las Vegas Strip which was closed to all vehicle traffic after a car crashed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk in front of the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reportedly injuring at least 35 people and killing one on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Police and local officials investigate a part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Police officers investigate the scene on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Paris Las Vegas where a car crashed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk reportedly injuring at least 35 people and killing one on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A police line blocks off part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Vehicle traffic on the Las Vegas Strip is closed as police investigate the area after a car crashed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk in front of the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reportedly injuring at least 35 people and killing one on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Police and local officials investigate a part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and local officials investigate a part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police (bottom) block off part of the road as they and local officials investigate a part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Police and members of the media are pictured along part of the Las Vegas Strip after a car ran into a group of pedestrians between Planet Hollywood, where the Miss Universe pageant took place, and the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At least one person has died and more than 37 have been hurt after a car ran into a group of pedestrians on the bustling Las Vegas Strip on December 20, police said, adding the driver was in custody. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Police and emergency crews respond to the scene after a car drove up onto a sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. A woman intentionally swerved her car onto the busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Police officers stand on the Las Vegas Strip which was closed to all vehicle traffic after a car crashed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk in front of the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino reportedly injuring at least 35 people and killing one on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: A police officer takes photos as he investigates the scene on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Paris Las Vegas where a car crashed into a group of pedestrians on the sidewalk reportedly injuring at least 35 people and killing one on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Sunday's incident occurred as the Miss Universe beauty pageant was underway at a nearby hotel.

The scene unfolded with Holloway repeatedly driving her 1996 Oldsmobile into pedestrians on the crowded walkway, banging into newspaper stands and poles, Lombardo said.

Bystanders pounded on the car window and tried to open the door in a futile attempt to stop her, he said.

Justin Cochrane, a tourist who was having dinner on The Strip, told CNN the sedan, its windshield cracked, barreled past him. He said the driver then swerved to avoid a truck before accelerating back onto the sidewalk.

"It was mayhem, and it was very intentional," Cochrane told CNN. "People were flying. This child I saw, literally, hit. And the sound, I'll never forget."

Jessica Valenzuela, 32, of Buckeye, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, died from injuries after she was struck, the Clark County Coroner-Medical Examiner's office said.

Other victims included visitors from Colorado, Florida, Mexico and Quebec, Canada.

Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson said his office planned to bring charges of murder with use of a deadly weapon and other counts against Holloway, who was held without bail.

POOR DRIVING RECORD

Holloway, who is from Oregon and whose car was registered in Portland, had been living in the car in Las Vegas for about a week with her 3-year-old daughter, Lombardo said. The child was in the car when Holloway drove into the pedestrians.

University Medical Center was treating three patients listed as critical and two in serious condition, spokeswoman Danita Cohen said in an email. An 11-year-old was among the injured, she said.

Holloway's child, who was unhurt in the incident, is in protective custody, Lombardo said.

The sheriff said investigators were trying to piece together Holloway's background.

In the spring of 2012 she received an award from a career-mentoring nonprofit in Portland for being a role model for high school students, according to The Skanner, a community website and newspaper published in the Pacific Northwest.

The story recounts Holloway describing her mother as having "turned to alcohol, leaving Lakeisha to fend for herself." Holloway was homeless during her freshman year in high school, according to the newspaper, but had since graduated.

On her Facebook page, Holloway indicated that she had studied at Portland Community College.

The Oregon DOT's Ridenour noted that generally drivers cannot obtain a license in another state if their license has been suspended. That is because licensing departments across the country share information, as do law enforcement agencies.

In Oregon, where a driver can have multiple suspensions at one time, Holloway was cited and convicted in 2011 for driving uninsured and operating a vehicle without a license.

Then, in 2012, three months after being issued her first driver's license, her license was suspended for failing to comply with insurance requirements. It was suspended again in 2013 for failing to pay court fines related to previous citations.

(Additional reporting by Alicia Avila, David Becker and Rollo Ross in Las Vegas, Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Ian Simpson in Washington, and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Gareth Jones, Bernadette Baum, Dan Grebler and Sara Catania)

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