Father And Son Charged With Hosting Party Where Teen Drank Before Deadly Crash


UPDATED: Monday October 28, 2013 11:47 PM

A father and his son face charges for allegedly hosting a party where a Dublin teen drank before getting behind the wheel and crashing.

Police said 18-year-old Stephen A. Romanelli was killed in a crash on Muirfield Drive, north of Memorial Drive early August 4. 

His car struck a tree, killing him instantly.

According to a lengthy crash report and statements from investigators released to 10TV, Romanelli came from an underage drinking party about a mile away.

10TV has learned Dublin Police have now charged homeowner Brian Willms and his 18 year-old son Cameron for allegedly hosting that party where the underage drinking took place.

In the reports, both told investigators that day they "did not believe Stephen to be impaired when he left the home."

But the coroner's report showed Romanelli's blood alcohol limit was .20, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Our calls to the Willms home were not returned.

A teenager who says she attended the party that night and gave police a statement spoke with 10TV.

She did not want to be identified, but said "It only takes one mistake to change lives. We don't want Stephen to be remembered in any negative way. After we saw his crashed car, we were all forced to grow up," she said.

The Willms are charged with a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Both were summoned to appear in Dublin Mayor's Court on November 5th.

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