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More charges possible in fatal Chesterfield crash

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – More charges could soon come in the investigation of an alleged drunk driving car crash that killed 18-year-old Chris Matherly.

Monday, this statement came from the victim's girlfriend who believes this crash could have been prevented.

"They had come over to my house at about 3 o'clock in the morning very intoxicated," Katelyn Fitchett.

Our legal analyst Steve Benjamin believes police may look to file more charges if a person supplied alcohol to the minors. But even while the victim's girlfriend and her mother claim to have known the driver was drunk, he says they can't be held liable just because they didn't stop them.

"The law requires parents to exercise adequate supervision but does not impose criminal sanction if a child gets a hold of alcohol and then gets into a car and kills somebody," said Benjamin.

Despite the law, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving spokesperson believes others should be blamed for the crash.

"Who do you think those other people should be?" asks reporter, Evrod Cassimy. "Whoever was possibly involved in letting them drink and drive," said M.A.D.D. spokesman, Carter Hill.

The 17-year-old driver could face more serious charges as the investigation continues.

"There is always that possibility that a driver who is driving under the influence, whose conduct causes the death of somebody, he may be facing a homicide charge," said Benjamin.

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