Local involved in five fatality wreck | TheUnion.com

Local involved in five fatality wreck

A Grass Valley man is being held in the Washoe County Jail in Reno, Nev.

after his Mustang allegedly smashed head-on into a van, killing five people Monday night, the Associated Press said. Four of the dead were children.

The Washoe County Jail this morning said Stephen Scharosch, 51, was being held on a $140,000 bail for seven counts of driving under the influence and causing death or bodily harm.

The driver and his wife lost three children, his sister and one of her children, AP said. Several others in their van and a second van that smashed into the wreckage were also injured.

Nevada Highway Trooper Pat McGill told AP, “this is the worst crash I’ve seen in 21 years,” and that Scharosch, “wasn’t being real cooperative,” Monday night at the scene 20 miles east of Reno near Wadsworth on Interstate 80.

Names of the victims are pending notification of kin. McGill told AP the van contained eight members of a family from Utah and San Jose that were in the westbound lane apparently heading to the Bay Area when Scharosh’s vehicle – going the wrong way – struck them head-on.

Scharosch was only slightly injured but his Mustang was cut in half by the collision, McGill told the AP. Read Wednesday’s Union for the full story and photos.

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