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18-year-old accused of DUI after rear-end crash on interstate kills 5

Updated Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 5:42 p.m.

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Jean Soriano

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An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a car he was driving struck another vehicle on southbound Interstate 15 near Mesquite early Saturday morning, causing a rollover crash that killed five people, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The accident happened shortly before 3 a.m. on southbound I-15, about 25 miles south of Mesquite.

According to highway patrol spokesman Loy Hixson, the crash occurred when a 1999 Dodge Durango driven by 18-year-old Jean Soriano rear-ended a 2002 Chevrolet Astro van.

The Chevrolet rotated clockwise off the road, Hixson said, ejecting five of its seven passengers.

A 15-year-old boy, who was ejected, and the 40-year-old female driver, who was wearing a seat belt, were airlifted to University Medical Center in critical condition, he said.

Five others riding in the van — a 49-year-old man, a 45-year-old man, a 41-year-old man, a teenage girl and a woman of unknown age — were killed, according to highway patrol. All five were from California.

Soriano and his 23-year-old male passenger were taken by ground to UMC, where they were treated and released. Soriano was then booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence, Hixson said.

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  1. He will turn 21 in prison doing life without parole.

  2. What was his b.a.c. Level? Or are their breathalyzer not calabrated either. Show us the results.

  3. No doubt this is a terible accident, lives lost 2 in ICU , But it seems like if there are fatalaties then it is automatically DUI. Being only 18 I'm sure the kid wasn't thinking clearly to have a blood test done independent of the NHPs. There's no mention here of speed or fatigue, or if the driver of the van was driving slow and the kid just didn't react in time. I hope the press follows up on this story.

  4. I would want to get the person or persons who provided the alcohol. Regardless of Blood alcohol content he was not legal with any B.A.C. on account of him being under age.

  5. Comment removed by moderator. Inappropriate

  6. Mr. Sun,

    Most of we readers would prefer a fact or two, as it certainly changes the story. Here is a start:

    1) Was the Astro Van moving or sitting on the shoulder or in the roadway?
    2) Did the driver of Astro Van, at 3 am, perhaps fall asleep and suddenly change lanes in front of the Dodge Durango?
    3) Did the driver of the Dodge Durango stop and aid the victims?

    The answer to these questions and more should give we readers a better sense of Soriano's crime.


  7. Facts:
    1. 18 not old enough to drink alcohol.
    2. Driving without a license.
    3. No Insurance.

    So He wasen't old enough to drink much less drink and drive, He wasen't even supposed to be on the Nevada public highway's and he was uninsured as well.

    If the driver of the van was driving at let's say 50mph they were still with in the limits of the required mininum and maximum. If the van was parked on the road side, They still would be in compliance.
    If for some reason the van was stalled in a traveling lane then they would be culpable as well however that's why when your driving down the highway and your a mile or so back and you see that your about to overtake them shortly, Go ahead and move to the other lane. I can't tell you how many a time I will be in the far right lane traveling at 65 mph on a six lane highway and someone will come up on me and ride me as if I have impeded them when it's just me and him. S/he has plenty of time to make those adjustments.

    I mean sometimes it's like some folks think they have been dealt a inconvenience to move their steering wheel a fraction of an inch just to change lanes.

    Bottomline he was not supposed to be there and had he not have been then this would have never happened!

  8. CASINOKID Where does it say that he had no license? or no insurance?. I must have missed that part of the story.

  9. johnnymrpk...

    Your comment is indicative of a TOTAL lack of ANY understanding of liberals, guns, gun control efforts, alcohol, cars, crashes or anything else of note.

    What it IS indicative of is willful ignorance.

    Congratulations on that; you ACED that.

  10. @ fedup2here

    I don't just read this thread.