Washington residents might have heard about the pedestrian accident that occurred on the Las Vegas Strip on Dec. 20. A 24-year-old woman drove onto the sidewalk of Las Vegas Boulevard, killing one person and injuring dozens more. Authorities have not yet explained what motivated the woman's actions, though they have said that her actions were intentional.
According to the deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the accused woman drove onto the sidewalk about three or four times, causing several nonfatal injuries and one fatal motor vehicle injury. A 32-year-old woman was killed, and 37 people suffered from injuries. The driver's 3-year-old daughter who was in the vehicle with her was not injured. In addition to the fatality, there were at least three people who were sent to the hospital in critical condition.
So far, the woman has been charged for murder with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, and child abuse or neglect. The woman reportedly told authorities that she was trying to find somewhere to park her car and rest before the crash. When security personnel kept making her leave, the woman ended up on the Las Vegas Strip. Witnesses to the accident say that woman turned her car towards the sidewalk and accelerated multiple times.
A person who has been injured by a car driver in a pedestrian accident may want to have representation from an attorney. An attorney may be able to help the injured victim to determine who is liable for their injuries and file a claim for financial compensation. If the driver has auto insurance, the victim may be able to claim damages from the insurance provider. Drivers who are not insured may be ordered by a judge to personally compensate a victim for their damages.
Source: CNN, "Las Vegas Strip sidewalk: Driver hits dozens of pedestrians in 'intentional' act," Faith Karimi, Mariano Castillo and Dana Ford, Dec. 21, 2015