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3 Glastonbury teens charged in connection with fatal DUI accident

A tragic car accident five months ago in Glastonbury has led to charges against three teenagers. The three boys are accused of allowing their friend, a 17-year-old girl, to drive drunk before she crashed into a tree. She died at the scene, and her death has deeply affected the Glastonbury community.

Police conducted an extensive investigation and determined that the SUV involved in the crash was driven by two other teens before the girl got behind the wheel. All three boys who were arrested have been charged with reckless endangerment, and two of the boys -- the ones who drove that night -- have been charged with violating laws specifically regarding teen driving in Connecticut.

According to police, the deceased young woman's blood-alcohol content registered at 0.27 percent. In Connecticut, the legal limit to drive for people younger than 21 years old is 0.02 percent, which means that virtually any amount of alcohol in a teenage driver's system is illegal.

NBC Connecticut interviewed some of the students at the girl's high school, and one student said that the fatal accident has caused teenagers in the community to rethink the risks associated with drunk driving.

Now that Connecticut is in the midst of the holiday season, it is important that parents also emphasize to their children the dangers of driving while intoxicated. Tragedies such as the one in Glastonbury may serve as wake-up calls for teenagers, but it is possible to prevent such devastating accidents from happening.

For more on what parents can do to educate their children about road safety, please see our October post, "Teen passenger education also needed in Connecticut." 

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Teens Arrested for Letting Friend Drive Drunk Before Fatal Crash," Dec. 6, 2013

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