Victims of crash mourned; teen held on $3.5 million bail

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Jean Soriano (Nevada Highway Patrol booking photo / AP)

Jean Soriano (Nevada Highway Patrol booking photo / AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 an 18-year-old suspected of driving under the influence.

Griselda Fernandez, the daughter of Raudel Fernandez-Avila, said today 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 today 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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