A 24-year-old woman who drove into a crowd of pedestrians is facing dozens of additional criminal charges relating to the tragic incident. The crash happened on Dec. 20 on the Las Vegas Strip. The additional charges were announced on Wednesday by Nevada Judicial Officer Diana Sullivan.
Lakeisha Holloway of Oregon has been charged with 71 criminal counts in total. The charges include: murder, attempted murder, battery with her car as a deadly weapon, and child abuse or neglect relating to her 3-year-old daughter who was riding with her at the time of the crash.
Dragged Fatally Injured Woman for at Least 200 Yards
The murder charge relates to an Arizona woman, 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela, who died after being hit by Holloway. Valenzuela was trapped beneath Holloway's Oldsmobile and dragged for a minimum of 200 yards while passersby banged on the vehicle trying to tell her to stop. Valenzuela's death was classified as a homicide.
According to authorities, Holloway was allegedly above the legal limit for marijuana when the crash occurred. Even if she were taking the marijuana for medical reasons, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated on the substance.
Higher Likelihood of Conviction
Originally, Holloway was charged with murder, fleeing an accident scene and child abuse or neglect. The dozens of additional charges mean that there exists a much higher likelihood of conviction. If she is convicted of murder, she could go to jail for a very long time.
In addition to criminal charges, though, Holloway will surely face claims in civil court brought by the accident victims. Thirty-five people were injured in total. She will, therefore, face a host of personal injury claims from people demanding financial compensation for their injuries, the cost of medical care and other damages. Wrongful death claims related to her alleged murder of Valenzuela will also likely be forthcoming.
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