Metro police said a 72-year-old woman died after becoming pinned between her SUV and a rock Thursday morning at Valley of Fire State Park.
The Clark County coroner's office identified the woman as Charlene Cruz from Las Vegas. She died from mechanical asphyxia, and her death was ruled an accident.
According to evidence and witness statements, just after 11 a.m. Cruz parked her 2007 Ford Expedition in a dirt parking lot at the Lone Rock parking section of the park and exited the vehicle.
The unoccupied vehicle began to roll forward, and Cruz ran to the driver's door and attempted to re-enter the SUV.
The left side of the Expedition hit a large rock formation, pinning Cruz. Medical crews arrived quickly, but Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene.
This marked the 17th traffic-related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction in 2014.
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