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Mother implicated in wrongful deaths of Salem Township teens

One Salem Township woman is facing possible jail time for her role in a drunk driving car accident which killed three teens. Authorities say that the 60-year-old mother provided a keg of beer to her son and his friends for a high school graduation party. Four of the son's friends were involved in a serious car accident which left two 19 -year-olds and an 18-year-old dead.

Authorities recently charged the woman with reckless endangerment, furnishing alcohol to minors, and corruption of minors. It is unclear whether the families of the deceased teens will also file wrongful death lawsuits against the woman for providing alcohol to the Greensburg Salem High School graduates.

"I have lost my faith in myself as a mother," the mother of one of the deceased teens said. "I was unable to keep my son safe although so many times we had discussed it. I should have said more or said something differently. I am haunted by those last few moments of his life."

The woman's son died in a car accident shortly after attending the graduation party thrown by the Salem Township woman. The teen driver in that accident had a blood-alcohol level of 0.147 percent, which is far beyond the legal limit of 0.08 percent for adults and the 0.02 percent blood-alcohol level limit for minors.

This tragic accident reiterates the dangers of drunk driving and the responsibility of parents to make sure that their children know that drunk drinking is a life and death matter.

Source: Tribune-Review, "Salem Township mother guilty of providing alcohol to teens," Rich Cholodofsky, Jan. 24, 2012

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