On Wednesday, 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano, was charged with 7 felony DUIs after the March 30th accident that killed 5 and injured 2. He is also being charged with failure to decrease speed and driving without a license, both misdemeanors.
Soriano is being held on $3.5 million bail and is in isolated protective custody. He had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.12, well over Nevada’s legal limit of .08.
A plea has not been entered yet, but a not guilty plea is expected, per Soriano’s attorney, Frank Cofer.
Soriano, in a Dodge Durango with a friend, rear ended a family in a Chevrolet van, driving back from visiting a sick relative Denver.
The accident caused the van to overturn, which led to the deaths of Genaro Fernandez, 41, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, Belen Fernandez, 53, Angela Sandoval, 13, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45.
The only survivors in the vehicle were Maria Rosario Cardanas, 40, the driver, and Eddie Sandoval, 15.
An evidence hearing is scheduled for May 15th and investigators for the defense intend to collect blood and tissue samples from the Durango to show whether or not Soriano was actually driving.
On March 1st it was reported that Soriano had escaped from a juvenile detention center catering to drug and alcohol abusers in Orange County, California. The accident happened about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.