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Driver dies after stabbing leads to crash near downtown Las Vegas

Updated July 20, 2018 - 11:49 pm

A woman is suspected of stabbing a man as he drove a car Friday night northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, causing him to crash the vehicle, Las Vegas police said. He later died at a local hospital.

The man crashed a 2004 Mercedes about 7:15 p.m. near West Sahara Avenue and Highland Drive, east of Interstate 15, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said. The woman, a passenger, was in a relationship with the man.

Police suspect her of stabbing the man an unknown number of times, causing him to rear-end a black truck on the Highland on-ramp to Sahara, Spencer said during a media briefing Friday night. The truck took off after it was struck by the Mercedes.

People in a passing car stopped to help with the crash, but realized the man had been stabbed and called police, Spencer said. The man, who was in his 20s, was hospitalized at University Medical Center, where he died.

The woman, also in her 20s, is in custody, but it was unclear what precipitated the stabbing, Spencer said.

It was also unclear whether the woman would face charges Friday night.

The Clark County coroner’s office will release his identity once his family is notified.

His death marked the 118th homicide in the county and the 98th homicide investigated by Metro this year, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal records.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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