A Steuben County woman and a teenager are charged for their roles in a party where underage teens were drinking and smoking marijuana. Investigators say their actions led to the death of 16-year-old William Warrick, who was struck by a tractor trailer as he walked along a Southern Tier Highway almost two weeks ago.
State Police say Warrick died just after 3:30 a.m. Sunday, October 20, nearly two hours after he left a party in Painted Post. He was hit by a tractor trailer on Interstate 86 in the Town of Campbell, about 30 miles northwest of Elmira.
Troopers say Warrick was highly intoxicated when he left just after 1:30 a.m., and got into at least two fights at the party.
Investigators say 16-year-old Zaria Carroll, of Victory Highway, hosted the party while her mother was at work.
Warrick was among as many as 30 other Corning East and Corning West High School students in attendance, along with one of their mothers, 34-year-old Kelly Campbell.
For going with her daughter to the party, where teens were openly drinking and smoking, Campbell was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators say she stayed there for awhile, and even gave alcohol to some of the attendees.
They say the Painted Post woman did not tell police or emergency responders that Warrick was involved in at least two physical fights with other people at the party, and that being the only adult at the party, she had an obligation to do so.
Carroll was charged with criminal nuisance for hosting the party.
She was issued a ticket, and is due in court next week in the Town of Campbell.
Campbell was arraigned, and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 bail. She was due in court in court to answer to the charges Monday.
Investigators say Carroll and Campbell are not related.