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Dad Hosted Party Where Teen Driver Drank Before Fatal Crash

In a case of underage drinking in Connecticut, a teenager was killed in a car accident. The driver, a 17-year-old, had a blood alcohol content of .11. The legal alcohol content level for persons under 21 is .02. In this unfortunate accident, the driver and the other three passengers attended a party at a local home and property whose owner was aware of the drinking and seemingly condoned it. However, the rule that the police were told by one of those attending the party was that no one could drink and drive. They were expected to either camp out on the property that the party was held on or sleep in the basement of the "White House," as the home was called.

The victim of the drunk driving accident was killed, while the driver was not hurt and the other two passengers ran away. They were later found hiding out on the property owned by the man accused of 28 counts of reckless endangerment along with 28 additional counts of permitting minors to possess alcohol. The owner of the property and the house told the police that he was not hosting a party for teens, that his son had hosted one earlier. It was revealed later that the party was continuing at an adjacent property that he owned.

10-15 teens were in attendance when the troopers located the party. The 17-year-old victim had also been drinking at the party.

It is a shame when anyone is a victim of a drunk driver, however it is much worse when a young person is injured due to the negligence of adults who wrongly condone such behavior. An experienced attorney can help pursue compensation for a family forever changed due the loss of a loved one caused by irresponsible drinking and getting behind the wheel of an automobile.

Source:  Hartford Courant, "Police: Dad Hosted Party Where Teen Driver Drank Before Fatal Crash" David Owens and Hilda Munoz, Dec. 13, 2013

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