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Teens charged in friend's DUI death

Two Connecticut teens have been charged with a misdemeanor after police say they let their friend, who was drunk, drive home.

She died, and now authorities say their inaction cost the teen her life.

Pamela brown has the story.

17-year-old Jane Modlesky was driving alone in Glastonbury Connecticut when she crashed the SUV she was driving into a tree in July and was killed.

Her blood alcohol level, according to police, was .27, 3 times the legal adult alcohol limit.

Now two of the four teenagers who were driving with Modelsky are being held accountable for allowing her to drive drunk.

"These two juveniles knew that she was intoxicated, knew she shouldn't have been driving and allowed her to drive," Agent James Kennedy, with the Glastonbury Police said.

Glastonbury Police say the two teens were the last to get out of the car, leaving Modelsky to get behind the wheel and drive herself off. She drove only half a mile before crashing.

After a thorough investigation, police arrested the teens this month and charged them with reckless endangerment.

"There are so many things that could have been done. So many things. And to be worried about getting into trouble for sneaking out, is that really important?" Kennedy said.

The arrests sent shockwaves through the Glastonbury community, still shaken up by the tragedy.

On a Facebook page, Remembering Modlesky, one friend recently wrote: Today brought me, and many others I'm sure, right back to the week you left us.

The case is again raising questions about moral obligation vs. legal responsibility.

"We expect adults to act with a certain degree of judgment and reasonableness but when someone is 16 years old, it's sort of hard to place the kind of criminal responsibility on them that we would place on an adult who hands keys to a drunken driver," Paul Callan, a CNN Legal Analyst said.

This is not the only case of its kind.

In 2002 a Washington woman was charged with being an accomplice to drunken and reckless driving after she was accused of convincing someone to get behind the wheel.

She was later acquitted by the supreme court.

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