5 Killed in Car Crash in Nevada
May. 14, 2002
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RENO, Nev. (AP) _ A suspected drunken driver raced a Ford Mustang the wrong way down Interstate 80, slamming into a van and killing four cousins and a mother, authorities said.
Another child was gravely injured, and five people in another van were also hurt in the accident Monday evening about 20 miles east of Reno.
The Mustang's driver _ firefighter Stephen Henry Scharosch, 51, of Grass Valley, Calif. _ suffered minor injuries and was being held on $140,000 bail at Washoe County Jail.
His Mustang was severed in the crash.
Those in the van were the driver, his wife and three children from West Jordan, Utah, along with the driver's sister and her two children from San Jose, Calif., the Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Pat McGill said Tuesday. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives.
The van driver suffered only minor injuries, but his three children died at the scene, and his wife was in critical condition early Tuesday at Washoe Medical Center, McGill said.
The driver's sister also died at the scene. Two of her children were taken to the hospital, where the 4-year-old died a few hours later. Her 2-year-old ``is clinging to life with an open head injury,'' McGill said.
The five people in the second van, which struck the wreckage from the crash, were treated for moderate injuries and released, McGill said.
McGill said Scharosch identified himself as a firefighter, and his car had a firefighter's license plate. McGill said he did not know for which agency Scharosch worked.
``He wasn't being real cooperative,'' McGill said.
Part of the freeway was closed until daybreak Tuesday.