The woman charged with murder after plowing into pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip earlier this month, killing one, had active marijuana in her blood at the time, officials announced Wednesday.
Lakeisha Holloway, 24, is accused of intentionally driving through a crowd on the Las Vegas strip on Dec. 20, killing 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela of Buckeye, Arizona, and injuring 35 others.
Her 3-year-old daughter was in the car during the crash.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson on Wednesday announced the results of Holloway's toxicology tests, which found that the level of active marijuana in her blood at the time of the crash was 3.5 ng/mL.
The test results, however, would not affect the murder case against her, Wolfson added.
“There is no reasonable explanation or excuse for the actions of this defendant,” Wolfson said in a statement. “The results of the toxicology test do not change the initial charges filed against Ms. Holloway.”
The crash occurred at around 6:30 p.m., when police say Holloway drove into a crowd of people in a 1996 Oldsmobile along Las Vegas Boulevard near the Paris hotel and casino.
Holloway then backed up and allegedly drove back into the crowd a second time as several people jumped onto her front window in an attempt to stop her.
About 30 minutes after she drove away from the scene, Las Vegas police said Holloway asked an employee in the valet area of the Tuscany Hotel to call 911.
Days later at her first court hearing, attorneys for Holloway said she was “heartbroken” by what happened.
Holloway had previously appeared in a video about overcoming homelessness and family drug addiction.
She is due back in court for a status hearing on Jan. 20.
Jason Wells is deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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