Teenagers Charged With Reckless Endangerment For Allowing Friend To Drive While Intoxicated

| by Will Hagle

Two teenage boys have been charged in the case of Jane Modlesky, a 17-year-old girl who fatally crashed her car in Connecticut. The autopsy revealed that Modlesky’s blood alcohol content was .27, or “13 times the legal limit of .02 for drivers under the age of 21,” WFSB 3 reports. The boys were arrested in the incident for allowing Modlesky to operate her vehicle despite recognizing her level of intoxication. 

The vehicle Modlesky was driving at the time was her friend’s parents’ Honda Pilot, which was being shared amongst her and two other boys as they each drove themselves to their respective houses. Modlesky was the last to get behind the wheel, and she crashed about a half-mile from taking control of the vehicle. 

“There are so many things that could have been done,” James Kennedy, a representative from the Glastonbury, CT Police Department said. 

One such prohibitive measure for the crash could’ve been for the boys to prevent Modlesky from taking control of the vehicle, or driving her home themselves. Because they let her drive the car, they were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. 

According to the New York Daily News, another teen was arrested for hosting the party where Modlesky initially consumed the alcohol. That teen, a 17-year-old girl, was charged with two counts of allowing minors to possess alcohol. 

Incidents such as this are difficult to prosecute criminally, as the accident occurred as the result of an unfortunate chain of events that led to a teenager’s tragic death.