- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The suicide of a 40-year-old man who was freed from jail after being accused of crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere casino raised questions about why he wasn’t charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness.

The Clark County coroner said Thursday that Ryan C. Brown asphyxiated from hanging in a room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

His body was found Tuesday, a day after he was freed when prosecutors declined to file criminal charges.

No one was hurt in the Sept. 10 crash.

Police say Brown drove on a sidewalk and accelerated through the valet area before crashing through the glass casino doors.

Police say Brown told them he was on a drug binge and wanted to jump from the tall building.

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