A three-vehicle crash early Wednesday left one driver dead and another seriously injured, prompting a police investigation that shut down a southern portion of Las Vegas Boulevard for nearly seven hours.
The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. on the 7400 block of Las Vegas Boulevard South, near East Warm Springs Road, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The road was reopened at 8:15 a.m. after a crash scene investigation and cleanup.
Police said that a 42-year-old woman driving a 2006 BMW 530i south on Las Vegas Boulevard left the roadway, striking a guardrail on the right side before overcorrecting and crossing the center median into the northbound lanes.
Once in the northbound lanes, the BMW struck a 2016 Toyota Highlander. Police said the impact sent the Toyota spinning until it collided with a 2018 Hyundai Elantra.
The BMW driver died at the scene, police said, marking the seventh traffic death investigated this year by Metro.
The Toyota driver, identified by police as 70-year-old Tae Kawk of Las Vegas, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, while a 30-year-old man driving the Hyundai suffered minor injuries.
The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the BMW driver after relatives have been notified of her death.