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UPDATE: Coroner identifies bicyclist, passenger killed after reported intentional push

Police seek driver of involved minivan
Posted at 1:37 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 13:22:57-04

UPDATE OCT. 27: The Clark County Coroner has identified the bicyclist as 56-year-old Michelle Weissman from Las Vegas and her death was due to multiple blunt force injuries. It has been ruled a homicide.

The passenger was identified as 20-year-old Giovanni Medina Barajas from Las Vegas. His death was also due to multiple blunt force injuries but was ruled an accident.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police say two people are dead after a very unusual crash-turned-homicide investigation early Sunday.

According to police, a passenger in a minivan was sticking his body out of the window and was trying to hit people walking nearby from the moving vehicle around 7:30 a.m. near Sahara and Hollywood boulevards.

A couple walking on the sidewalk told investigators the minivan pulled up near them and the passenger tried to hit them but missed.

The minivan continued moving south on Hollywood Boulevard and came across a woman believed to be in her mid-50s riding her bike in the bicycle lane, police say.

It then pulled up close to the bicyclist, and the passenger -- once again sticking out of the vehicle -- hit the bicyclist with his hand, according to investigators. She fell and died.

The momentum from the impact caused the passenger to fall from the vehicle, police say, and he also died from his injuries.

The driver of the van has not been caught.

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. To report a tip anonymously call (702) 385-5555.

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