DUI suspect accused of killing teen driver appears in court

LAS VEGAS - The man accused of causing a car crash that left a 16-year-old boy dead made his first appearance in a Las Vegas court Monday morning.

David Fensch, 47, is accused of rear-ending Jalean Fajardo's Honda Accord near Farm Road and Durango Drive on Thursday, Feb. 9. 

Judge Suzan Baucum had harsh words for Fensch, calling him, "an absolute danger to the Clark County community."

Fensch, who has four previous DUI convictions, is facing a felony vehicular manslaughter charge. He is also accused of speeding and driving without a license.

Fajardo's family members were in the courtroom for the hearing. It was the first time Fensch came face to face with Fajardo's family.

The family of Jalean Fajardo embraced each other as the judge ordered Fensch to remain behind bars without bail.

His defense attorney asked for his client to be released, arguing the state has not filed criminal charges and the 47-year-old has health issues.

But the prosecutor says he's waiting for toxicology results and asked for five more days.

Outside the courtroom, the victim's family could not contain their emotions. Fajardo's oldest sister expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support at a time of grief.

"I'm speaking on behalf of my family just to say thank you to the community for pouring out to us and keeping us in your prayers and just thinking of us," said Alani Fajardo, victim's sister.

In a newly released arrest report, Fensch admits he was drinking at Bally's casino hours before the deadly crash.

He also told detectives he "takes Xanax."

Fensch did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the collision. Investigators later found out he's had at least five prior DUI's from 2002 to 2011, including four convictions.

"It's heartbreaking that the first four times he didn't learn his lesson. It's heartbreaking that someone could be this selfish and this reckless," said Eric Bauman, chief deputy district attorney, Clark County.

Bauman is prosecuting the case and says he's preparing to charge Fensch with vehicular homicide, which carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

"This was someone's child, someone's brother on his way to school, stopped at a red light, doing all the right things and his life is over," Bauman said.

Bauman has until Feb. 21 to file criminal charges. At that time, the judge will also reconsider bail.

Fensch is currently being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Click here for the GoFundMe link for Jaelan Fajardo's page.

 

 

 


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