Police: Deadly Las Vegas crash 'intentional'

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 12/20 2015 07:20PM

Updated 12/21 2015 06:30AM

One person is dead and dozens were injured after a car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk along the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night.

Police do not believe it was an accident.

During a news conference late Sunday night, authorities said the woman driver intentionally drove onto the sidewalk in at least two, possibly three, locations striking pedestrians. 

The crash happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. between Planet Hollywood and the Paris Hotel. Police closed the Strip is both directions from Flamingo Road to Harmon Avenue. 

At least 26 people were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment. Some of the victims were taken to University Medical Center. One person transported there died. One of the injured victims is an 11-year-old child. Six victims are in critical condition.

UMC Officials say some of the patients appear to be visiting from Montreal, Canada.

One witness told 8 News NOW, she saw the female driver hit numerous people, including children. She said some men tried to stop the car but couldn't.

The woman left the scene, but police later caught up with her outside the Tuscany Suites on East Flamingo. The woman did have a toddler in the car with her. The child was not injured. Police said she had been in Las Vegas for about one week and had Oregon plates on the 1996 Oldsmobile she was driving.

The woman who has not been identified is being held in jail with charges pending. Police are investigating whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Las Vegas Strip was reopened Monday morning at around 5:30 a.m.

 

 

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