Driver in fatal accident makes court appearance |

Driver in fatal accident makes court appearance

At an initial hearing for a girl charged with crashing and causing the death of a Dayton teen, four of the boy’s family members held his picture in Douglas County District Court Monday to keep him “from being forgotten.”

Josh Spuehler, 16, of Dayton, died during a Genoa Lane two-car collision on June 2 after performing with the Young Chautauquas during Genoa’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Amanda Steichen, 16, who allegedly drove the car in the wreck that killed Spuehler, is charged with failing to drive with due care and causing death in the accident.

Spuehler was a passenger in Steichen’s car.

Steichen, along with her parents, made an initial appearance Monday in youth court.

Steichen was also injured during the crash. She was treated for a neck injury at Washoe Medical Center.

Steichen’s case was continued until Sept. 17, so she can consult with legal counsel before responding to the charge.

Judge Michael Gibbons assigned the Roeser law firm to represent Steichen.

As Monday’s brief petition hearing ended, four members of Spuehler’s family seated in court, including his mother, aunt and two cousins, held up pictures of the dead Dayton boy for everyone in the courtroom to see.

Gibbons assured the family that the victim would not be overlooked in the case.

Steichen began sobbing heavily after the pictures were displayed.

Spuehler’s aunt, Gigi Jackson, said after the hearing she wants Steichen’s license suspended.

The boy’s mother, Johnnie Spuehler, said she hopes Steichen “never drives that way again.”

Two female cousins of Spuehler’s who also appeared in court, wore replicas of their dead cousin’s football jersey bearing his number, 69.

They said a few classmates of Spuehler’s at Dayton High School also wore the jerseys on Tuesday to keep the boy’s memory alive.

Spuehler’s mother also said she is considering launching a petition drive to have Steichen’s driver’s license revoked.

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