Case Tests Party Host's Role in Fatal Crash
JACKSON COUNTY - A Jackson County judge is considering whether a woman can be charged with involuntary manslaughter after a minor who drank alcohol at a party was involved in a fatal accident.
If judge Peggy Stevens allows the charge to be filed, it would be the first time an adult accused of serving alcohol to minors would be charged for a fatal accident.
One of the guests at a party thrown by 47-year-old Sandra S. Triebel in 2009 left the party drunk He was involved in an accident that killed a 16-year-old girl and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault.
The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri has a long legal standard of blaming such deaths on the drunken driver, not the person who supplied the alcohol.