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Hearing set for man in Nev. crash that killed 5

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 3:21 am •  Published: April 1, 2013
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An 18-year-old man is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence after authorities say he rear-ended a van in southern Nevada, causing a crash that killed five Southern California family members and injured two others.

Jean Soriano of California was being held without bail Sunday in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas pending the hearing. He also was booked Saturday on charges of failure to decrease speed or use due care, and driving without a driver's license.

The Clark County coroner's office said the five victims were three men, a woman and a girl. They were identified as Genaro Fernandez, 41, of Norwalk, Calif.; Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, and Belen Fernandez, 53, both of Lynwood, Calif.; and Angela Sandoval, 13, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45, both of Los Angeles.

Family members told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that the three men were brothers who were returning from visiting their ailing father in Denver.

"It's very difficult. I didn't expect this at all. I'm still shocked," Genaro Fernandez's son Genaro Fernandez Jr. told the TV station." I just hope the guy that did this, during time, he learns his lesson in jail."

The victims were among seven family members who were in the van, authorities said. The other two were taken to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas with non-life-threatening injuries. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said Sunday that both people had been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

According to the patrol, Soriano's sport utility vehicle struck the van from behind early Saturday, causing both vehicles to roll on Interstate 15 near the Arizona line, some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

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