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Five family members killed in Nevada car accident

An 18-year-old California driver, who police say may have been driving drunk, hit a van on Saturday near Las Vegas, killing five members of a California family and hospitalizing two. 

By Ian SimpsonReuters / March 31, 2013

Jean Soriano, 18, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center after he was treated and released at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Soriano has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in a southern Nevada crash that killed five members of a California family and injured the suspect and three other people.

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Five members of a California family were killed in Nevada when their van was struck from behind by a teenage driver who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said on Sunday.

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Those killed were among seven family members in the van when it was hit early on Saturday, authorities said. The other two - a 15-year-old boy and the 40-year-old female driver - were hospitalized in Las Vegas, said Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Kevin Honea said.

The 18-year-old California driver who struck the van was treated and released at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, the spokesman said. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The crash happened on Interstate 15 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The 18-year-old's Dodge Durango struck the van from behind and both vehicles spun off the road and rolled.

Five of the occupants of the van were ejected. A 23-year-old passenger in the Durango was treated at the hospital and released.

Those killed were three men ages 49, 45 and 41, a teenage girl and an adult woman.

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