2 Chehalis women identified in teen's alcohol-related death

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CHEHALIS, Wash. -  

 The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office has referred two women to the Prosecutor’s Office who are accused of furnishing liquor to a Chehalis teen, who later laid down in the street and was hit and killed by a car.

 

The victim, 16-year-old Tyler Gonzalez, had been drinking at a party in the 100 block of Brockway Road in May where police said the two 22-year-old women supplied alcohol to minors.

 

The Sheriff’s Office said Gonzalez wandered away from the party and was later struck by a vehicle while he was lying in the road.  He died of blunt internal trauma to the head, chest and abdomen. 

 

Police said his postmortem ethanol level was .17.

 

“The initial actions of these two women ultimately set things in motion for the tragedy to occur.  Tyler voluntarily drank the alcohol; however, one must wonder if he would still be alive today had he not had access and consumed the alcohol which ultimately caused him to make some poor decisions resulting in his death,” said Sheriff Steve Mansfield.

 

The Prosecutor's Office will determine whether the women will be charged with furnishing liquor to a minor, a gross misdemeanor.