Flurry of Legal Action After Teen's Tragic Death
Merely one day before his junior prom, seventeen-year-old Colton Kern died behind the wheel. Kern was at the Fairland High School helping to set up for prom when school officials caught him drinking vodka. The school superintendent asked two other students to drive Kern home. Once the students safely arrived to Kern’s home, Kern got behind the wheel and drove away. He never made it home. Kern’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit, at .13.
Surveillance footage from inside an area liquor store shows Kern purchasing alcohol without being asked for any identification. Under Oklahoma law, it is a felony for any person to knowingly sell alcohol to a person under the age of twenty-one. Such a person may be fined between $2,500 and $5,000, and imprisoned for an unspecified period of time. Moreover, it is a misdemeanor for any person under the age of twenty-one to misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Stacey Dixon, the clerk who sold Kern alcohol without first asking for identification, is now facing criminal charges for her actions. Currently, Dixon is free on bond. Kern’s parents have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Woodshed Liquor, the store from which Kern purchased the alcohol. They are also considering taking unspecified legal action against the Fairland High School.
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