The packed sidewalks on the Las Vegas Strip became a scene of horror as a woman deliberately plowed her car into groups of partiers and tourists, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, authorities said.
The woman in her 20s, who has not been identified, struck pedestrians as she drove onto the walkway in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels on Sunday evening, police said.
Lt. Dan McGrath said investigators believe the woman driving a 1996 Oldsmobile intentionally "went up and off these streets, two or possibly three times." A 3-year-old child was in the car with her but was not hurt, police said.
The driver sped away before the vehicle was found at a hotel and she was taken into custody, police said.
Authorities did not give a possible motive for the crash on a busy stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard across from the dancing water fountains of the Bellagio hotel-casino where visitors crowd sidewalks as they head from one casino to another. The Miss Universe pageant was being held nearby at Planet Hollywood at the time.
The woman was having her blood drawn and is being held in jail with charges pending. She had recently moved to the area; the car she was driving was registered in Oregon, authorities said.
"This is a huge tragedy that has happened on our Strip," Lt. Peter Boffelli said.