One person was killed and dozens were injured on Sunday when a woman deliberately drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip, near the hotel where the Miss Universe beauty pageant was being held, police said.
The woman, who had a three-year-old in the car with her, was taken into custody and was having her blood tested for possible intoxicants, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Brett Zimmerman told reporters.
Rabia Qureshi, a tourist visiting from Wisconsin, told broadcaster KSNV she saw victims “flying through the air” when the car crashed into the throng of people.
“The car was like a bowling ball and the human bodies were like pins,” she said.
Zimmerman said the driver had intentionally mounted the curb as many as three times during the incident, and that charges were expected to be filed against her in coming hours. He gave no indications of a motive but ruled out the possibility of terrorism.
The United States has been on high alert since 14 people were killed in a Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, when two radicalized Muslims opened fire at a holiday party.
Las Vegas authorities gave injury tallies ranging from 26 to 36 people, and said six who were in critical condition eventually stabilized.
An 11-year-old was among the injured, along with visitors from Montreal, Canada, said University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen. The child accompanying the driver was not hurt.