by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News
LAS VEGAS — A soccer phenomenon, straight-A student, and an aspiring engineer — this is what 16-year-old Fil-Am Jaelan Jonson Fajardo was all about.
All of that vanished because of a drunk driver.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol Southern Division, Jaelan was on his way to school, and was on a full stop in his Honda Accord at a red light on northbound Durango Drive at Farm Road, when a Chevy Trailblazer failed to stop at the light and plowed into the back of Jaelan’s car, forcing it into the southbound lanes of Durango.
The Nevada highway patrol believes that speed and driving impairment were factors in this horrific crash.
Fajardo died at the UMC Trauma Unit.
The driver suspect is 47-year-old David Fensch.
Fensch is now currently booked at the clark county detention center where he faces one count of driving without a license, and one count of vehicular homicide.
Fajardo was a sophomore at a high school in northwest Las Vegas. According to his friends, Jaelan was not only friendly, but was also an over achiever — as he always aimed to get straight A’s.
Kayra Ayala has been a long time friend of Jaelan. She describes Jaelan as a friend with an infectious laugh, and a great motivator.
“He was one of my closest friends,” said Ayala. “He was supposed to be in my debut and be one of my 18 candles…his loving personality, he always wanted to have fun. He is so loving and caring, and he didn’t want to get caught in drama. He always wanted to live life to the fullest.”
“He was never negative about anything ever,” said friend Annalise Garfield. “I never heard anything bad come out of his mouth.”
Over the weekend, hundreds of Jaelen’s friends and family flocked to Shadow Ridge High School to pay tribute to the bright, hard-working Las Vegas teen.
A memorial service is scheduled on February 16 at the Palm Mortuary Northwest.