An 88-year-old Henderson man driving the wrong way died Sunday after his car went off the roadway and crashed in the desert.
Henderson police reported Monday that the man was driving a Mercedes E350 the wrong way on the eastbound lanes of St. Rose Parkway near Maryland Parkway Sunday about 3:40 a.m. when he left the roadway, struck a cement drainage cover, several large rocks and a berm before coming to a stop about 350 feet into the desert, according to Henderson police.
The man was transported to St. Rose Dominican Hospital – Siena Campus, where he was pronounced dead.
A preliminary investigation indicated that speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office will release the victim’s name after he has been positively identified and his family has been notified. An autopsy will determine if a medical episode occurred prior to the car leaving the roadway.
In 2014, 291 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. So far this year, 296 people have died in traffic-related fatalities statewide with 185 of those deaths occurring in Clark County. There have been 11 traffic-related fatalities in Henderson this year.