Community outraged, saddened over death of teen killed by man who had history of DUI's

LAS VEGAS - People all around the valley are outraged over a crash that claimed the life of 16-year-old Jaelan Fajardo.  According to Nevada Highway Patrol troopers, the wreck at Durango Drive and Farm Road was caused by an impaired driver.

After finding out the suspect, 47-year-old David Fensch had previous DUI convictions, 8 News NOW decided to look more into the crash and Fensch's history.

NHP traffic homicide detectives said Fensch's vehicle slammed into the back of Jaelan's car which was waiting at a stop light.  The teen was on his way to school.

Both Fensch and Jaelan were hurt, but according to troopers, Fensch's injuries were minor, but Jelan died at the hospital.

A day after the fatal crash classmates of Jaelan are still in shock and overcome with sadness.  Many of Jaelan's friends said he was a nice guy who was outgoing.

A candlelight vigil will be held at Shadow Ridge High School Friday at 6 p.m. 

According to the Clark County District Attorney's office, Fensch has had at least three other DUI convictions.  Two happened out state, but the third DUI happened in Las Vegas about six years ago.

According to authorities, Fensch didn't even have a driver's license at the time of the crash that killed Jaelan. 

The District Attorney says he's put two of his best prosecutors on this case.

"We lost a life here," said Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney.  "A teenage boy -- we lost his life, and this man, if the allegations are supported by evidence, is going to go to prison for a long time, so he's ruined his life and look at all the family and friends of this poor, a high school student.  It's devasting and we need to do more."

NHP investigators are working hard to determine just how fast Fensch was going when he crashed into the back of Jaelan car, but so far, authorities say the impact was powerful enough to send Jaelan's Honda Accord skidding hundreds of feet across the intersection.

Fensch faces a rare charge of vehicular homicide, which only occurs when someone has had multiple DUI's and are involved in a deadly crash.  The charge can carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. 


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