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Commonwealth v. McCloskey

Pennsylvania Superior Court
835 A.2d 801 (2003)


Facts

Judith McCloskey (defendant) allowed her two teenage daughters to have a party in her home at which the girls served two kegs of beer to approximately 40 of their underage friends. McCloskey was in the home during the party, knew alcohol was being served to teenagers, knew that the teenagers were coming and going from the party throughout the evening in cars driven by party guests, and did not interrupt or supervise the situation. A 19-year-old who had been drinking heavily at the party and was obviously intoxicated fled the party in his car when the police arrived, and picked up three other teenagers who had recently left the party. He soon sideswiped another car, sped away, and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip multiple times. All four teenagers were ejected from the car, the driver and two of the passengers were killed, and the third passenger was severely injured. McCloskey was charged and convicted of three counts of involuntary manslaughter and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Beck, J.)

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