Sheriff ‘not comfortable’ with what woman told police after driving into Vegas pedestrians
A woman was arrested on the Las Vegas Strip last night and charged with intentionally and repeatedly driving a car into pedestrians. One person was killed and dozens injured.
Authorities say there’s no connection between planned New Year’s Eve celebrations in Las Vegas and the sidewalk crash on the Strip that killed one person and injured dozens of others.
In a press conference today at noon led by Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo, officials said that Holloway did tell them why she ran down the pedestrians, but because the investigation is ongoing they aren’t comfortable releasing the information to the public yet. He said that she was “very stoic” at the time of the event and “she didn’t appear to be distressed due to her actions.” No alcohol was found in her system, although she may have been taking some type of stimulant.
Officials also said during the press conference that Holloway appeared to have some “disassociation” with the father of their child. They believe the father may live in Dallas, Texas, and Holloway was trying to get back to Dallas via Las Vegas.
Clark County Sheriff said he was ‘not comfortable’ discussing what woman told police after driving into Vegas Strip pedestrians. What could she have possibly told him to make him uncomfortable talking about it. Yet the scheduled party tonight continues without delay.
He says there’s no talk of canceling the event on the Las Vegas Strip, which involves shutting down most of the 4-mile-long street to traffic and turning it into a pedestrian mall, with fireworks launched from the rooftops of several hotel-casinos.
The sheriff says he’s confident they can protect the event and partygoers. The event draws a few hundred thousand people.
Police are saying that the crash was intentional and the driver may have left the sidewalk, returning to hit more people. Holloway was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile. This was the best picture KTNV could get of the car.
Some people even jumped on her car and banged on it trying to get her to stop, but she wouldn’t. The victims included people from Quebec, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Washington, California, and Mexico, officials said.
The Las Vegas Police have confirmed that a toddler was in the car with the driver when she ran straight into a crowd of people.
The three-year-old was strapped into the back of the car. The toddler was taken to Child Haven and is doing well, officials said.
In October 2012, she set the above photo as her cover picture on Facebook. The photo is of the area where the crash occurred Sunday night. There was no caption on the photo. In October, Holloway petitioned to have her name changed to Paris Paradise Morton.. At the time, she listed Vancouver as her home address. From her name change and her photo, the location meant something to Holloway, but it’s unclear at this time what that meaning was.
According to The Oregonian, Holloway was convicted of operating a vehicle without driving privileges and driving uninsured in December 2011. The arrest occurred in Multnomah County, Oregon.
It does not appear that she had any other arrests in her home state.