5 arrested in house party connected to teen's death
19-year-old struck by car, killed after leaving party in Middleburg
Five people have been arrested on charges they hosted a house party and/or served alcohol to a minor who was struck and killed by a car after leaving the party intoxicated, a state agency announced Tuesday.
Holle Krueger, 19, of Middleburg, was walking along Alligator Boulevard when she fell or stumbled into the path of a car driven by 18-year-old Zachary Manning as he was driving south at Indigo Circle about 4:40 a.m. June 3, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
State troopers said Manning failed to stop and render aid to Krueger and left the scene of an accident involving death. Additionally, Manning did not have a valid driver's license.
Officials said the arrests of the five people not involved in the crash are the result of newly passed legislation making it a criminal offense to host an open house party and to serve, sell or give alcoholic beverages to anyone younger than 21.
"Open house parties and underage consumption of alcohol are very dangerous situations that can ultimately be avoided," Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Secretary Ken Lawson said in a news release. "Adults who give children alcohol should be held responsible."
Arrested were Amber Campbell, 20; Jacob Hicks, 20; James Rosier, 21; Austin Petitt, 21; and Eric Gibson, 22. All are from Middleburg.
Officials said Campbell and Hicks hosted the house party. All five are charged with selling, serving or giving alcoholic beverages to people younger than 21.
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