A driver admitted to authorities he had “too many” beers to drink before hitting a van on a remote Nevada highway, killing five members of the same family in the other vehicle, an arrest report shows.
Jean Ervin Soriano, 18, told a Nevada Highway Patrol deputy he had been drinking Budweisers before the violent crash on Interstate 15 in southeastern Nevada early Saturday morning that killed three brothers, a wife and a 13-year-old girl, according to the report.
Several beer bottles were found in his car, police said.
Soriano and his 23-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries. Police said Soriano rear-ended a Chevy Astrovan carrying seven people on their way home about 3 a.m. from Denver where they were visiting a dying relative.
The van spun out of control and overturned with seven people in it. Five people who were inside: Genaro Fernandez, 41, of Norwalk, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, and Belen Fernandez, 53, both of Lynwood, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45, and Angela Sandoval, 13, both of Los Angeles, died. The two occupants of the van who survived were hospitalized in critical condition, according to Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol.