Saturday, April 14, 2012 | 3:57 p.m.
A 17-year-old died early Saturday morning when the car he was riding in crashed into a palm tree in the northwest valley, Metro Police said.
Police responded to the crash around 4 a.m. at Centennial Center Boulevard south of Azure Drive.
Witnesses told police the driver of a 1991 Nissan 300zx traveling north on Centennial Center Boulevard lost control and veered over a raised center median before the passenger side of the car struck a palm tree, police said.
According to police, the impact caused the Nissan to travel through the southbound lanes before stopping.
Responding medical personnel pronounced the teen dead at the scene, police said.
His identity will be released by the Clark County Corner‚s Office after the next of kin has been notified, police said.
The driver was transported to University Medical Center Trauma in serious condition, police said.
This is the 40th traffic related fatality in Metro's jurisdiction this year, police said. The crash remains under investigation by Metro's accident investigation section.