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Teen accused of DUI in crash that killed 5 remains in custody

April 01, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

A California teenager accused of being drunk when his SUV crashed into a van, killing five members of one family, is being held with bail set at $3.5 million. He remained in a Las Vegas detention center.

Authorities said beer bottles were found inside the vehicle of Jean Soriano, 18, who Sunday was charged with several counts including DUI.

The accident occurred on Interstate 15 in southeastern Nevada early Saturday morning when Soriano's Dodge Durango crashed into the back of a Chevy Astro van.

There were seven people in the van, which spun around and overturned. The two occupants of the van who survived were hospitalized in critical condition, according to Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Hixson said Soriano was driving the Durango and was arrested after he was treated and released from a hospital. A 23-year-old passenger in the Durango also survived.

The Associated Press on Sunday identified the victims, all from Southern California, as 41-year-old Genaro Fernandez of Norwalk; 49-year-old Raudel Fernandez-Avila; 53-year-old Belen Fernandez of Lynwood; 13-year-old Angela Sandoval; and 45-year-old Leonardo Fernandez-Avila of Los Angeles.

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Twitter: @aribloomekatz

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