A teenager has been charged with 7 counts of felony DUIs after he killed five people on a Nevada highway. Jean Soriano, 18, appeared before a Moapa Township judge.
Soriano and his 23-year-old passenger were hurt when the Dodge Durango he was driving rear-ended a Chevrolet Astrovan, which overturned, killing three brothers and two other family members. The van’s driver and another passenger survived.
Soriano faces five counts of driving under the influence causing death, two counts of DUI causing bodily harm, and two misdemeanor charges of driving without a license and failure to reduce speed.
The victims were identified as Genaro Fernandez, 31, of Norwalk, Calif., Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, and Belen Fernandez, 53, both of Lynwood, Calif., Angela Sandoval, 13, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45, both of Los Angeles.
Soriano admitted he had been driving and told investigators he had “too many” Budweisers before getting behind the wheel. The police report said Soriano and his passenger were driving from George, Utah, to Las Vegas.
After the accident, Soriano was treated in a hospital and was immediately arrested upon his release. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center in lieu of bail, which was set at $3.5 million.
Officials in Orange County, Calif., said Soriano had escaped a juvenile detention facility treating drug and alcohol abusers on March 1.
The California teen will either serve multiple prison sentences or could be sent back to a drug and alcohol treatment program to reduce his sentence.