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Man in multi-vehicle, southwest valley crash died from medical issue

The Clark County coroner’s office has confirmed a police investigation that said a driver died from a medical issue in a southwest valley crash in May.

Mike Shawa, 71, suffered a medical episode and crashed about 8:15 a.m. May 5 at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Rainbow Boulevard.

Shawa was driving a GMC Sierra south on Rainbow, toward Flamingo, when the vehicle veered onto the shoulder and sideswiped a Toyota Prius, Las Vegas police said.

The Sierra then hit the back of a trailer being towed by a truck. Shawa was taken to Spring Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Shawa’s caused of death was hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with diabetes as a contributing factor. His death was ruled natural, the coroner’s office said.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber.

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