(Reuters) - An Oregon woman accused of plowing her car into a crowd on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk, killing one person and injuring dozens, had marijuana in her system following the incident, county officials said on Wednesday.
Lakeisha Holloway, 24, faces one count of murder through use of a deadly weapon in the death of a 32-year-old Arizona woman who was among those struck by the sedan on Dec. 20.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said a toxicology examination showed Holloway tested positive for marijuana and marijuana metabolites. The county did not say when or where Holloway had consumed the marijuana, traces of which can linger in a person's system for days, weeks or months.
Marijuana for medical use is legal in Nevada and Oregon, which also allows recreational use.
But the amount of "active marijuana" in her blood was over the legal limit for driving in Nevada, Wolfson's office said.
Holloway, who police said had her 3-year-old daughter with her in the car, has also been charged with child abuse or neglect and leaving the scene of a collision.
"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."
Wolfson's office also said that "additional charges will be considered, but no decisions as to what those will be have been made at this time."
Holloway, who is due back in court on Jan. 20, repeatedly drove her Oldsmobile sedan onto the sidewalk, ramming pedestrians as bystanders pounded on the windows and tried to pull open her car door to stop her, police said.
She was being held in a "medically restricted" jail unit for inmates requiring increased supervision, including those on suicide watch, police said.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Chicago; Editing by David Gregorio and Peter Cooney)