UPDATE (March 29): The Clark County Coroner's Office has released the cause and manner of death for Tara Cheatham, a 30-year-old woman who died after a multi-vehicle car crash in south Las Vegas on Feb. 24. 

Cheatham died of complications of multiple blunt force injuries in an accident, according to the coroner. 

UPDATE (March 22): One person has died after a multi-vehicle crash in the south valley in late February.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said they were notified March 21 that the driver of the Lexus, identified in a report as 30-year-old Tara Cheatham, died following the crash.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the cause and manner of death following investigation. Her death marks the 23rd traffic-related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction in 2021.

ORIGINAL STORY: LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A multi-vehicle crash sent five people to the hospital on Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement.

Las Vegas police said the crash happened just after 7 a.m. Feb. 24 on Warm Springs Road and Schirlls Street, near Arville Street, in the south valley. LVMPD Officer Misael Parra said four vehicles were involved in the crash, one of which rolled over.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Ashlee Wellman said immediately before the four-vehicle crash, a trooper saw a white Lexus driving recklessly in the area, going against multiple red lights.

Wellman said the trooper had to disengage chasing the Lexus due to public safety. A short time later, a citizen flagged the trooper down to assist on the crash.

Five people were taken to University Medical Center for their injuries. 

The driver of the 2008 Lexus, a 30-year-old woman, was thrown from the vehicle and critically injured. The 21-year-old driver of a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe was also critically injured.

A 52-year-old woman in a 2006 Nissan Armada, an 82-year-old woman in a 2004 Nissan Sentra and the 20-year-old passenger in the Santa Fe all suffered minor injuries. 

Wellman said Warm Springs Road is 35 mph in the area of the crash, however witnesses reported seeing the Lexus drive at least 80 mph prior to the crash.

Parra said it was too early to tell if impairment was a factor in the crash.

LVMPD and NHP vehicles were on scene of the crash investigating. LVMPD said Warm Springs was closed between Hinson and Arville for investigation.

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It's always one in that area that drives fast and the second or third car behind it driving fast too. But this time looks like the 20-year old got hit by the 30 year old. The rest got a little impact. People here dont know how to do stop signs, or be aware of others speed in order to slow them down deliberately and avoid a collision.

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