Teens Accused of Letting Friend Drive in Fatal Drunken Crash Due in Court

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:20 PM EDT
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Two teens charged with reckless endangerment in the death of a 17 year old girl

Two teens charged with reckless endangerment in the death of a 17 year old girl

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Two Glastonbury, Conn., teens accused of allowing their friend to get behind the wheel drunk before a fatal crash are due in court today.

Police said the 17-year-old boys had been in the car with Jane Modlesky, 17, of Glastonbury, early on the morning of Sunday, July 14 and knew she was “highly intoxicated,” but allowed her to drive anyway.

The SUV, a 2008 Honda Pilot, belonged to the parents of one of Modlesky’s friends, police said.

She was one of four people to drive the car that night, but was alone in the SUV when she hit a tree on Woodhaven Road and was pronounced dead at the scene.

One teen, who was then 16 years old, was the first to get behind the wheel and dropped a friend off at him home, then proceeded to drive to his own home, where he got out of the car, police said. 

At that point, another then-16-year-old boy got behind the wheel and drove to his own house, where he and another boy got out.

That left Modlesky alone in the car. Her blood alcohol content was .27, police would later learn, which was more than 13 times the legal limit of .02 for someone under the age of 21.

She drove just half a mile before hitting a tree. Modlesky, who would have been a senior at Glastonbury High School this year, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The last two teens were were in the car with Modlesky that morning are due in court today.

Police have not released their names, but said the teen who drove before Modlesky was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, violation of passenger restrictions and operating a motor vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. 

The other teen was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.

"They very well knew that she was intoxicated and should not have been driving," said Agent James Kennedy of the Glastonbury Police Department.

The other teen to drive the car was charged with violation of passenger restrictions and operating a motor vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. He is due in court on Dec. 20.

The boy he dropped off was not charged.

In August, police charged the girl who they said threw a party hours before the crash and served alcohol to minors.

 

 

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