Motorist who hit fire hydrant in Las Vegas died of ruptured aorta, coroner says

A Las Vegas man who died after crashing into a fire hydrant near the Strip Saturday night died of natural causes, according to the Clark County coroner.

The coroner ruled 43-year-old Winston McEwan’s cause of death was a burst aorta caused by high blood pressure.

Just before midnight, McEwan was driving his Dodge Caliber westbound on Flamingo Road near Linq Lane when he hit the fire hydrant at a slow speed, Las Vegas police said.

Contact Lawren Linehan at or at 702-383-0381. Follow @lawrenlinehan on Twitter.

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