Pedestrians can be vulnerable to drivers, sometimes even when they are on the sidewalk. I was horrified to read about how a driver veered onto a crowded sidewalk several times on the Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and hurting more than 30 people in what authorities said was an “intentional” act.
CNN reported on how at least one person was killed and 37 were injured near the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday night.
The female driver was reported to be driving down Las Vegas Boulevard before her car mounted the sidewalk and started hitting pedestrians.
News reports stated she allegedly drove her Oldsmobile sedan onto the sidewalk at different locations and hit more people before barreling down the road.
While authorities have ruled out terrorism as the cause of the crash, the woman is being tested for alcohol and controlled substances. Police believe it was a deliberate act. She had a 3-year-old in her car at the time of the crash.
Brett Zimmerman, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief, said the driver who is in her twenties, went onto the sidewalk at least three or four times. Homicide officers are investigating the crash after police said the woman just kept mowing down pedestrians as she drove on the sidewalk.
The vehicle was seen stopping and accelerating on the sidewalk. A section of Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down after the incident on Sunday and was reopened Monday morning, the Police Department said.
Officials at University Medical Center, one of the hospitals treating the victims, said of the 15 patients that arrived, one subsequently died, three are in critical condition, two were discharged and a further nine are in serious condition.
The incident bears some similarities to a tragedy in Stillwater in Oklahoma in October, when a woman who was later charged with driving under the influence, crashed her car into a crowd of spectators at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring others.
A woman is accused of four counts of second-degree murder. The crash at the Oklahoma State University parade killed a toddler, a graduate student and a couple who had worked at the school for decades, according to officials. It also injured dozens of people, including 11 victims younger than 13.
Court papers released in November suggested the driver may not have been intoxicated, although she had a history of mental illness.
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