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Silver Springs man accused in fatal DUI accident, charged in gun assault

by F.T. Norton

A Silver Springs man awaiting trial in Lyon County on charges he killed three people while driving drunk in July 2002 will be tried in Washoe County on an unrelated incident in which he allegedly threatened to shoot a 73-year-old man.

Mark Fejervary, 49, has been in custody in the Washoe County Jail since his arrest Sept. 27.

According to the police report, a drunken Fejervary pointed a loaded shotgun at Edward Hixson, 73, when Hixson refused to allow him into his motor home parked behind a gas station in Mustang.

Fejervary was stopped by Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies as he drove in a blue Dodge Dakota truck.

“Mark was placed in handcuffs and a search of his person for weapons was conducted,” wrote the arresting officer. “I detected a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person.”

Fejervary allegedly admitted to having a shotgun, which deputies recovered from a tool box in the bed of the pickup.

According to the report, the shotgun was loaded with one round in the chamber.

Once at the jail, Fejervary allegedly refused a breath test, but eventually submitted to a blood draw.

Deputy District Attorney Elliott Sattler II, said he charged Fejervary with one count of assault with a deadly weapon. Whether the blood results are back or will be submitted for a warrant remains to be seen, he said.

Fejervary was bound over on the charge Sept. 27.

On July 31, 2002, Harold Marek, 63; his grandson Robert Marek, 16; and neighbor Louis Norton, 15, were killed when their vehicle was struck at the intersection of Fir Avenue and Highway 95A in Silver Springs by Fejervary’s car.

Charges were filed July 29, 2003, nearly a year after the accident, because Lyon County District Attorney Leon Aberasturi was having independent investigators review the investigation.

Had Harold Marek pulled out in front of Fejervary, the charge would have been different, Aberasturi said.

Fejervary had been convicted of driving drunk in March 2001. He was also arrested for and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in May, 10 months after the fatal accident.

A November hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial on three felony counts of driving under the influence causing death or three alternate counts of reckless driving causing death, one felony count of third-offense drunken driving, one felony count of third-offense driving while intoxicated and one count of felony third-offense driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .10 or more.

According to the criminal complaint, Fejervary neglected to obey the speed limit, to obey the rules on overtaking vehicles on the left, or to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle in the intersection – all while being under the influence of alcohol.