3 in Henderson family killed, 2 badly hurt in I-15 SUV crash



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities and friends are identifying three family members killed in a weekend crash and fire that also badly injured two other people returning home to the Las Vegas area after a trip to Utah.

Michael Brandt, 56, Ashley Piena, 25, and Carlan Michael Brandt, 20, died in the Sunday afternoon rollover wreck on Interstate 15 near Valley of Fire State Park and Moapa, the Clark County coroner said Tuesday. They were all from Henderson.

Michael Brandt was a former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints bishop in the Las Vegas area, family friend Kylie Smith told KSNV-TV (http://bit.ly/2aJLbBc).

His wife, Joy Brandt, and son-in-law, Kekoa Piena, were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Nevada Highway Patrol investigators didn't immediately determine what caused the 2002 Toyota Highlander to crash off the freeway, overturn and catch fire in the desert, Trooper Jeremy Buratczuk said. Only one person wasn't ejected from the vehicle in the crash.

Carlan Brandt recently returned home following a Mormon religious mission in Alabama, Smith said.

Ashley Brandt and Kekoa Piena were married in February 2015, records show.

Students at church loved Michael Brandt as a counselor, a listener and instructor, another friend, Bruce Hansen, told KLAS-TV (http://bit.ly/2aKgp7e). Hansen said kids always wanted "Brother Brandt" as their teacher.

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