This article was published on December 21st, 2015
It was an eventful and tragic Sunday night in Las Vegas. First we shall address that fabulous Miss Universe pageant that was held at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Normally this wouldn’t be a story at all but this year there was a little bit twist.
Sunday night in Las Vegas, Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo, was crowned Miss Universe. Then the pageant’s host, Steve Harvey, realized that he had misread the card with the winners’ names on it.
This mistake hit the world of Twitter and Facebook like a bomb. Miss Colombia bask in the glory of her new title and was crowned and presented a bouquet of flowers then began to waive to the crowd. THEN…Harvey returned to the stage and seeming a bit embarrassed explained that he had made a mistake. “The first runner-up is Colombia,” he said, to the screams of the audience. “Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Phillippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Ms. Wurtzbach walked awkwardly forward, seemingly unsure of what to do.
Mr. Harvey, a comedian and talk show host, apologized effusively and made a point of showing the card to the cameras to prove that the second crowning of the night was, in fact, the correct one.
The contestants and the entire crowd were confused and shocked indeed. It was a moment that will definitely be talked about for years to come.
Almost immediately following the event, right in from of the Planet Hollywood resort there was a horrible car accident on the Las Vegas strip. Though after further investigation Metro Police believe the act was intentional.
A car hit 37 people walking on the Strip. The injured were taken to three hospitals, including one adult who died. University Medical Center was treating three people in critical condition and two others in serious condition. Of the victims, some were from Montreal and needed a French translator, while four were Oregon college students in town to compete in a wrestling tournament.
Justin Cochrane, a visitor from Santa Barbara, California, said he was having dinner at a sidewalk restaurant outside the Paris hotel when he saw the car smashing into pedestrians. “It was just massacring people,” he said, adding that the car appeared to be going 30 to 40 mph.
The Oldsmobile then went farther down the road and drove back into another crowd of pedestrians on the sidewalk, he said. Cochrane said he couldn’t understand why the car went into the crowd a second time. “Why would it slow to go around and then accelerate again?” he said. “I thought, ‘It’s a crazy person.'”
Cochrane said he saw children and adults injured on the ground as the car drove away.
Police were reviewing video from casino surveillance cameras to get details of what occurred. The pedestrians were not in the road and were not at fault, police said.
Joel Ortega, 31, of Redlands, California, said he and his wife, Carla, were visiting for the weekend and found themselves blocked from walking on the sidewalk toward the Paris hotel. They could see police investigating about a block away from the crash.
The officials identified the driver as Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, who the police said intentionally veered the 1996 Oldsmobile sedan, with her 3-year-old daughter in the back, into the pedestrians. It is now known that she was homeless and had been living in her car. Well, she isn’t homeless anymore. Her new residence is at the Clark County Detention Center where she is facing murder charges.
Just another day in Las Vegas!