One Dead, Dozens Injured By Woman Driving Along Las Vegas Strip Sidewalk

| by Jonathan Constante
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A woman has been arrested after killing one person and injuring dozens of others while driving along the Las Vegas Strip.

The incident occurred after 6 p.m. on Dec. 20, Las Vegas Now reported. Police believe a woman in a 1996 Oldsmobile sedan intentionally drove onto the sidewalk in at least two or three different locations, striking at least 26 people along the way. CNN, however puts the number of injured at 37.

Among the 26 people injured, one person died from injuries and six are in critical condition. Another victim is an 11-year-old child.

A witness told the news station about the tragic scene.

“Everyone was running ... and as I was running, I saw a car up on the sidewalk coming toward us,” the witness said. “I saw a lady ... she didn't seem like she wanted to stop the car, she had both hands on her wheel, and she was looking straight forward.

“I saw men running after her, yelling, 'Stop, stop!' As she was passing, we saw people running after her. Everyone was so frantic and just running around.”

The suspect fled the scene, but police were able to track her down in East Flamingo. She had a 3-year-old child in the vehicle with her. That child was not injured.

The driver’s name has not been released at this time. She is currently in jail and charges are pending. Homicide officials are looking at several surveillance videos.

Police are investigating whether the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the incident, CNN reports. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief Brett Zimmerman said the incident is not considered an act of terrorism, but he added that they are treating it as an “intentional act.”

Sources: Las Vegas Now, CNN / Photo Credit: NY Times, WikiCommons