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Father, Son Charged for Hosting Party Where Dublin Teen Drank Before Fatal Crash
DUBLIN (Ken Hines) -- A teen's drunk driving death has led to charges against a father and son accused of hosting the party at which he consumed alcohol before the crash.
Brian Willms and and his 18-year-old son, Cameron, are charged with the sale of alcohol to underage persons and securing public accommodations for underage drinkers in connection with an August 4 party that preceded the death of Stephen Romanelli.
Teenage witnesses told Dublin police they drank beer at the Willms' home on the night of the crash, and investigators believe evidence found at the home indicates that stronger alcoholic beverages were also consumed during the party.
Romanelli, 18, was safely transported home from the party, but crashed his car while attempting to return to the Willms' house to retrieve his wallet and phone, according to police.
Investigators have determined the crash was caused by a combination of Romanelli's intoxication and the excessive rate of speed at which he was traveling.
The teen's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .20 percent at the time of his death. The legal BAC level is .02 percent in Ohio for underage drivers, and .08 percent for motorists aged 21 years and older.
Brian and Cameron Willms face maximum penalties of 6 months in jail and $1000 fines if they are convicted of the misdemeanor counts with which they are charged. They are scheduled to appear in Dublin Mayor's Court on November 5.