Las Vegas police say car crash that left one dead and 36 injured was intentional

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Officials said the driver mounted the sidewalk at two or three separate locations, first mowing down pedestrians outside the Planet Hollywood resort and casino, before returning to the road and then driving back on to a footpath in front of the Paris hotel.

The driver, a woman in her 20s who has not been identified, was in custody after reportedly attempting to leave the scene of the crash on Sunday evening.
A three-year-old child who was in the car with her was unharmed, authorities said.

“We know this was not an act of terrorism,” Las Vegas police captain Brett Zimmerman told reporters at a news conference late Sunday night.
“We have determined that this is an intentional act.”
Roads were closed as emergency vehicles attended the scene on South Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police lieutenant Peter Boffelli said the vehicle was in the northbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard near Bellagio Way when it drove up on to the sidewalk, striking dozens of pedestrians.
Of the 37 people who were taken to the hospital, one has died, six were in critical condition, four were treated and released, and 26 are still receiving hospital care.

“This is a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip,” Boffelli said.

Clark county fire chief Greg Cassell said the call for help came in at 6.38pm and 70 emergency crew workers were sent to the scene.

The driver left the scene, but she has since been taken into custody and is being interviewed and tested for alcohol and controlled substances.
The crash occurred on a busy stretch of the Las Vegas Strip across from the dancing water fountains of the Bellagio hotel and casino, where visitors crowd sidewalks as they walk from one casino to another. The Miss Universe pageantwas being held at the Planet Hollywood at the time of the crash.

The Las Vegas metropolitan police department said on Twitter that it was “investigating a multiple injury auto-pedestrian crash”.
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