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Pittsburgh Reckless Endangerment Alleged in Underage Drinking Death

Pittsburgh Reckless Endangerment Alleged in Underage Drinking Death


An Evans City man is facing Pittsburgh reckless endangerment charges, after police say he supplied alcohol to minors at a party, after which one of the teens later died after being hit by two trucks. He is additionally facing charges of corruption of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Our Pittsburgh reckless endangerment defense attorneys understand that the 22-year-old defendant is alleged to have purchased alcohol for a party where younger adults and older teens were drinking.

Police say there was a Harmony house party attended by a few dozen youth. There, a 17-year-old reportedly consumed alcohol, though it is not clear how much or what kind.

Following that, the former Seneca Valley High School student reportedly meandered onto Interstate 79. He stood on the dashed white line around 1 a.m., and was struck by a passing tractor trailer. A second tractor-trailer rushed by moments later, also hitting him and tossing his body from the highway.

The teen was pronounced dead by police around 4 a.m.

According to Pennsylvania Code Title 18, Chapter 27, Section 2705, a charge of reckless endangerment is typically filed against someone who engaged in a certain act that they knew or should have known was dangerous. It can be filed either as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances of the case. In this case, it's a felony.

What this charge means is that prosecutors don't have to prove that you intentionally set out to hurt or kill someone, only that you knew you were putting someone at risk, and you did it anyway.

A conviction on this charge could mean as little as probation or as much as several years in prison - it really all depends not only on the unique circumstances of the case, as well as your own criminal history.

Corruption of a minor is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Furnishing liquor to a minor is considered a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in prison.