NORWICH – Police have arrested a 21-year-old Bainbridge man for providing alcohol to the five teenagers involved in a fatal accident Saturday.
Thursday, New York State Troopers charged Joseph M. Beardsley with five counts of first degree unlawfully dealing with a child and one count of making a punishable false written statement.
Police said Beardsley purchased beer at a convenience store and then gave it to the five teens.
At 5:55 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 17-year-old Trebor E. Hoxie of Norwich, was allegedly driving a green 2001 Dodge Caravan along Route 206 with four passengers. Troopers said Hoxie lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn and hit a guide rail, which caused the van to violently roll over before coming to a rest on its wheels in the roadway. Troopers said none of the teens were wearing their seat belts and all of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled down the highway. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. Hoxie was charged with manslaughter.