Family grieves 5 relatives dead in Nevada crash

LOS ANGELES — Three brothers from California who were on a trip to visit their ailing father in Denver are among five relatives killed in a weekend wreck north of Las Vegas.

Authorities say a van carrying seven family members was rear-ended by an SUV driven by a man suspected of driving under the influence.

Griselda Fernandez, the daughter of Raudel Fernandez-Avila, said Monday that her father and mother were both killed along with her two uncles and a step-cousin.

She says her mother, Belen Fernandez, didn’t want to go, but the family convinced her.

A Nevada judge ordered 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano held at $3.5 million bail at a court hearing.

An arrest report says he told the arresting Nevada Highway Patrol trooper he had too many beers.

Soriano, his passenger and two other people were injured.

Soriano, a former California resident, now lives in Utah.


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