CURRITUCK COUNTY, NC (WRIC) – An 18-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University student was seriously injured in a crash last month and police suspect she was driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to a statement from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement, 18-year-old Skylar Menteer was driving in Currituck County on Saturday, November 27 when she crashed her car and sustained serious injuries.
The statement said Menteer and four other women, all 19, purchased mixed drinks at two Mexican restaurants in Kill Devil Hills before the collision.
Police charged them all with purchasing, possessing and consuming alcohol. The following adolescents are listed as suspects:
- Skylar Menteer, 18, of Currituck County
- Brooke Martin, 19, of Currituck County
- Hannah Dozier, 19, of Currituck County
- Emma Brumsey, 19, of Currituck County
- Gabrielle Pennington, 19, Currituck County
Restaurant workers who served underage women alcohol also face charges. The Alcohol Law Enforcement statement says that 3 employees of Tequilas Restaurante Mexicano Juan Carlos Sanchez Torres and Ashley M. Trchent Lanza, employee of the Mexican restaurant Plaza Azteca, have been charged with selling alcoholic beverages to people under the age of 21 year.
The two restaurants risk losing their ABC licenses which allow them to serve alcohol.
“Incidents like this happen far too frequently. We have seen a sharp increase in the number of minors involved in serious car crashes after consuming alcoholic beverages, ”said Eric Swain, ALE Special Agent in charge of the Greenville District. “We take these cases very seriously and any business serving underage clients should be held accountable. ”
A fundraising page circulating after the crash said Menteer was a freshman at VCU and was seriously injured in the crash. The Black Pelican Seafood Company, a restaurant in Kill Devil Hills, shared the fundraising page saying they were employed there. The page does not mention any alcohol involvement in the crash.