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Man, 20, dies in single-car crash in eastern valley

Updated Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 11:27 a.m.

Fatal crash

A 20-year-old man was killed in a single-car crash in the eastern valley Monday evening after the vehicle he was riding in struck a large water control system, police said.

Police said the driver of a southbound 2004 Mazda RX-8 left Hollywood Boulevard just before 6 p.m. south of Lake Mead Boulevard. The vehicle slid off the right side of the road and its front struck a water manifold, which police said caused significant damage to the car.

Police said the driver, identified as Johnathon James Murray, 22, of Las Vegas, and passenger were transported to University Medical Center, where the passenger was pronounced dead. The passenger was identified Tuesday by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 20-year-old David Ritzer, of Las Vegas.

Murray was treated for moderate injuries, police said. Investigators are trying to determine what caused him to lose control of the car.

This is the 34th traffic-related fatality this year in Metro Police jurisdiction.

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