Lakeisha Holloway arraigned for Vegas crash


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A former Portland woman accused of intentionally plowing a car with her child inside through crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk has been arraigned on murder, hit-and-run and child abuse charges.

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway enters district court for her arraignment Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Holloway, who crashed her car into pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Dec. 20, has been charged with murder, child abuse and...

Lakeisha Nicole Holloway stood in shackles Wednesday and didn’t enter a plea during her brief court appearance.

She barely spoke and nodded to acknowledge that she understood she’ll remain in jail through the holidays while both sides investigate the crash Sunday that killed a woman and injured dozens of people.

Defense lawyer Joseph Abood characterized his 24-year-old client as distraught.

The judge set a Jan. 20 date for a preliminary hearing of the evidence.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson says additional charges are likely, depending on results of drug and alcohol tests and the police investigation.Oregon victims

An Oregon wrestling coach who was in Las Vegas on Sunday for a college tournament says he and some of his players were walking down stairs outside the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino when a car came up over the curb and he “heard the motor gun.”

A makeshift memorial for crash victims appears on the strip in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. A woman accused of intentionally plowing a car carrying her young daughter through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip was charged Tuesday...

Severin Walsh said Tuesday that once all four tires were back on the ground, the female driver sped forward, steering around light poles and street signs to hit people in the crowd.

Walsh says four wrestlers in his group of 20 players and coaches from Pacific University were struck at the end of the crash scene, suffering cuts, minor injuries and soreness that lingered days later.From role model to murder suspect

The U.S. Forest Service says Holloway was an ex-employee in its Portland office.

Spokesman Glen Sachet said Holloway performed administrative functions for the agency before resigning in 2012.

Lakeisha Holloway in a 2012 screen grab from a video by the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center

Sachet said she joined the agency in 2009 and took a four-month break in late 2010.

Since 2010, Holloway had participated in the employment and training program at the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk young people earn a high school diploma and get job training.

The center said in a statement that Holloway had invested years in “overcoming her disadvantaged background and was successful in her academic and career pursuits.”KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

Photos: Deadly crash on Las Vegas Strip

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