NHP identifies driver in deadly crash that killed teen

LAS VEGAS - The driver involved in a deadly crash that left a teen boy dead had previous DUIs.

Nevada Highway Patrol identified the driver as 47-year-old David Fensch. According to court records, he had a second DUI charge in 2011. 

Fensch was arrested after the Thursday morning crash at the intersection of Durango Drive and Farm Road. Jaelan Jonson Fajardo, 16, was stopped at a red light when the crash happened.

According to NHP, Fensch, who was suspected of impairment at the time of the crash, was traveling at a high rate of speed in his Chevy Trailblazer when he rear-ended Fajardo's Honda. Fajardo was waiting at a stop sign when he was hit.

Both men were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.  Fensch had minor injuries, but Fajardo died after arriving at the hospital, police said.

"You hear about those types of things and it bothers you because the impaired driver always seems to be the one that comes out okay, but then the person that's minding their own business seems to come out not ok," said Ryan Flicope, a classmate.

Friends of the victim told 8 News NOW Fajardo welcomed them with a smile each morning.

"He was always there when I needed him and would tell me good morning every single day," said Jayda Burton, classmate of Fajardo.

Classmates of the 16-year old who they said attended Shadow Ridge High School, say they can't even begin to imagine the pain his parents are feeling.

"To lose someone like that out of nowhere, not expecting this, especially if you just saw them that morning it's probably really tough on them."  said Flicope.

Fensch is currently facing charges of felony vehicular homicide which covers DUI, speeding and driving without a license. He has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center.


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