LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County coroner identified an elderly man who died in a fatal crash in the Sun City Summerlin community Wednesday morning.
According to the coroner, George Chomakos, 78, died at University Medical Center Trauma after fatally colliding into an SUV at Sun City and Lake Mead boulevards. Chomakos died from multiple blunt force injuries. The coroner ruled his death as an accident.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said officers responded at about 9 a.m. at the entrance of the Sun City community in regards to an injury crash. Police later alerted media that at least one person died in the crash.
On scene, Sgt. Paul McCullough of Metro's Traffic Bureau explained that Chomakos was driving westbound on Lake Mead in a black 2018 Dodge Charger SXT, while an unidentified 17-year-old girl was driving eastbound in a dark gray SUV.
McCullough said it appeared the SUV, a 2005 Toyota 4Runner, attempted to turn left and drove into the path of the sedan, causing the collision.
The driver of the SUV claimed minor injuries and was not arrested.
Police said speed will be considered as a factor in the crash due to the debris caused by the crash, but neither of the drivers were thought to be impaired. It was not known if either drove against a traffic signal.
The intersection was expected to be closed through the afternoon while officers investigate.
McCullough said he was repeating the "dead horse message" of encouraging drivers to pay attention, slow down and to not drive impaired. He noted that not only did Chomakos lose his life, but a woman has to live with that loss, as well.
"The majority of collisions are avoidable," McCullough said, calling it "frustrating."
This death was the 108th traffic-related death fatality for LVMPD.