In a move hailed by victims'families, a 48-year-old man was charged with drunken driving in a July 2002 accident that killed three people in Lyon County.
Mark Fejervary of Silver Springs was charged last week in the accident on U.S. Alternate 95 that killed Harold Wright, 63, and his passengers, Louis Norton, 16, and Robert Marek, 15.
Gloria Marek, whose father and son were killed in the accident, said she's relieved action finally was taken. Earlier this year, victims'family members expressed anger that charges had not been filed yet.
"This is good news. I feel so good right now,"she told the Reno Gazette-Journal."I want to see that man get what he deserves, even though it's not going to bring my son and father back."
Fejervary's lawyer, Lane Mills, could not be reached for comment.
District Attorney Leon Aberasturi said the charges were brought after careful investigation.
The three victims were ejected from a car that police initially said went through a Fir Avenue stop sign onto the highway in Silver Springs.
Police later said that Fejervary had a blood alcohol level of 0.26 _ more than twice the state's legal limit _ when his vehicle slammed into Wright's car on the highway. He also was convicted the previous year of driving under the influence.
"Before we could file charges, we had to wait for two experts to complete accident reconstructions,"Aberasturi said."Both experts agreed there was time for (Fejervary) to stop."
A Sept. 24 preliminary hearing has been set.
If convicted, Fejervary would face up to 60 years in prison.
In May, Fejervary also was convicted of second-offense driving under the influence.