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Woman who plowed into people on Las Vegas strip to get competency hearing

Those injured in Dec. 20 melee included wrestlers from Pacific University


LAKEISHA HOLLOWAYA judge is going to consider the fitness for trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of intentionally plowing a car into pedestrians — including some Pacific University staff and students — on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk late last year.

Former Portland resident Lakeisha Nicole Holloway didn’t make a scheduled court appearance Feb. 11, a week after refusing to enter the courtroom for a similar hearing on Feb. 5.

Her lawyers say Holloway is scheduled instead for a competency hearing March 11 in Clark County District Court.

Holloway faces 71 felonies, including murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon in the Dec. 20 crash that killed one person and injured at least 34 others — including a group of wrestlers and coaches from Pacific.

Christian Guerra, a 2015 state wrestling champ from Forest Grove, was among four Pacific athletes hurt in the melee. The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. outside the Paris Hotel & Casino, where team members and coaches were walking.

The Pacific men’s wrestling team was in Las Vegas to compete in the Wartburg Desert Duals at the time of Holloway's rampage. The team, comprised of 19 student-athletes and coaches, was walking together when Holloway — apparently intentionally — drove her car onto the sidewalk. Two of the four injured students were treated and released from local hospitals. One wrestler was kept overnight for observation.

Holloway told investigators she and her 3-year-old daughter were living in her car for more than a week before the crash.

— The Associated Press

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