Webster Police: Alcohol and speeding contributed to crash that killed teen

Webster Police Chief Joe Reiger Webster Police Chief Joe Reiger

Updated: November 20, 2020 05:22 PM
Created: November 20, 2020 01:42 PM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Webster Police say both speeding and alcohol contributed to a deadly crash in early November.

The crash happened on Nov. 1 on Gasberry Lane in Webster around 1 a.m. When officers arrived on scene, they found the car had crashed into a tree, and the engine block was on fire.

Brody Spade, 18, was killed and five other teens, all between 16 and 18 years old, were injured. In a news conference Friday, Webster Police Chief Joe Reiger said two of the passengers suffered serious injuries and are still recovering.  

Reiger said the teens left an "underage drinking party" in Webster just before the crash. He said police referred the host of the party, a juvenile, to family court. The juvenile is facing charges for hosting the party—the charges are not in connection with the crash, the police chief said. 

Police said the juvenile's parents were not aware of the party. Investigators will not be releasing any information on the juvenile's identity or location of the party. 

In addition to drinking and speeding, Reiger said only one person in the car was wearing a seatbelt, and the lack of wearing one contributed to the severity of the injuries. 

Public Information Officer Gretchen O'Dea said Spade's blood-alcohol content was "in excess of two times the legal limit." Police also said there were more people in the car than what it could hold.

"We're asking young people in our community to please be cautious, and make good decisions when socializing with friends. Please do not drink and drive, and if you find yourself in this type of position find a ride home," Reiger said.

Webster School District Superintendent Carmen Gumina also spoke Friday, as five of the six people in the car were former or current Webster students. Spade was a 2020 Webster Schroeder High School graduate.

"There were five Webster students involved, or former Webster students involved in the accident, and it takes a toll not only on the families, and obviously for Brody's family. I can't even express what they have to be going through," Gumina said. "It's one of those things where we as educators and as parents, we hope we never get that phone call, and we try as best we can to share with them and to teach them here's what you shouldn't be doing late at night, or in a car."

O'Dea said she does not expect any criminal charges to be filed against the juvenile's parents.

Watch the news conference in its entirety in the video player below.

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