Coroner identifies man who died day after road rage incident near Desert Inn, Boulder Highway

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man who died following a road rage incident Tuesday has been identified as Las Vegas resident 73-year-old Marlin Smith.

Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer says Smith died Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle. The case will be submitted to the DA for review of criminal charges.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident.

A green Jeep, driven by Smith, was traveling eastbound on Desert Inn when a green Suburban cut it off. Smith honked and a passenger in the Suburban exited the vehicle. Spencer says the passenger walked back, eventually throwing what they believe was a can of beer at the Jeep.

Smith got out and confronted one of the Suburban’s passengers. An altercation occurred, moving from in front of the Jeep to in front of the Suburban. A passenger got back into the latter vehicle, and the driver took off, running over Smith.

Spencer says the Suburban made a U-turn, drove over the median and fled westbound on Desert Inn. A witness flagged down a Metro patrol officer, who stopped the Suburban.

Two people in the Suburban have been taken into custody. Smith was transported to UMC.

Impairment is not suspected in either driver.

Spencer urges people never to get out of their vehicles during a road rage incident. He instructs to make a right turn and go the opposite direction. You may also report an incident to 311.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website. Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation due to the driver’s injuries.

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