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    NV - Five family members killed in DUI crash on I-15, Clark County, 30 March 2013

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...org%3E&ps=1011

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teenager facing drunken driving charges in a Nevada crash that killed five members of a California family had escaped from a juvenile facility, and it's unclear whether anyone ever went looking for him, an Orange County supervisor says.

    Jean Ervin Soriano, 18, fled the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 1. The facility treats drug and alcohol abusers and is run by the Orange County Probation Department, which normally contacts the county Sheriff's Department regarding escapes.

    However, the Sheriff's Department has no record of being asked to help look for Soriano, spokeswoman Gail Krause said.

    Todd Spitzer, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said Thursday that his panel only learned of Soriano's fugitive status from county officials via email earlier this week.

    "This was handled incredibly nonchalantly," he said. "Why didn't the board know for more than a month? The only reason we found out about him was that he killed five people.".............

    Soriano was arrested Saturday after the SUV he was driving rear-ended a van on a freeway outside Las Vegas, police said. A truck driver told investigators that he saw Soriano and his passenger walk away from the crash site and then return before rescue crews arrived.

    Soriano told the arresting trooper he had "too many" beers before the crash, according to an arrest report. Several beer bottles were found in the SUV, authorities said.

    Results of a blood-alcohol test were pending.............

    Spitzer said he has called on the county's chief executive officer and law enforcement watchdog agency to review how probation officials handled the case.

    "What did we do, if anything, and could we have done something to prevent this tragedy?" Spitzer said. "I don't have the answers. I've demanded the answers, but haven't gotten them."


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    Surprise ending....

    DUI case dismissed in Nevada crash that killed 5

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read..._crash_that-ap

    MOAPA, Nev. (AP) — An 18-year-old was cleared Wednesday of charges the he was driving drunk in a Nevada crash that killed five California family members, after a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper testified that DNA evidence showed his friend was the one driving the SUV that caused the wreck.

    A judge dismissed all charges against Jean Ervin Soriano, who had told troopers he was the driver of the SUV that rear-ended a van carrying seven people home to the Los Angeles area early March 30 after an Easter weekend visit to a sick relative in Denver.....more.....


    The other guy, Alfred Gomez, was injured but not tested for alcohol and they are not sure where he is at this time.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    I guess it is surprising, but it sounds like he was covering for the actual driver, who as a result was not tested for alcohol and escaped.
    Couldn't they still charge him with something? Evidence tampering, etc?
    The whole situation is outrageous.
    Just my opinion