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Five arrested for serving alcohol to teen who died

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Updated: 10/10/2012 8:40 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Five Middleburg residents are behind bars after authorities say they supplied alcohol to minors, that resulted in a young woman's death.  

Hollee Marie Krueger, 19, died June 3, 2012, when she stepped into the road and was hit by a car around 4:40 a.m. She was leaving a house party in Middleburg. 

Florida Highway Patrol say she was twice the adult legal alcohol limit when she left the party and walked along Alligator Boulevard. They say she stumbled or fell into the street then 18-year-old Zachary Manning hit her with his car and drove off. Krueger died later that morning. 

"It's just completely tragic, it's heart-wrenching. It really is," says neighbor Edith Greenly. 

Now, four months later, police arrested the five people accused of giving Krueger alcohol that night.  Amber Campbell, 19, and Jacob Hicks, 19, were living at the home at the time of the party. They were both charged with having an Open House Party and Selling, Serving or Giving Alcohol to Minors.

Authorities say James Rosier, 21, Austin Petitt, 21, and Eric Gibson, 22, provided alcohol to everyone at the party. Authorities charged them with Selling, Serving or Giving Alcohol to Minors.

The charges against all five of them are a result of newly-passed legislation. The law makes it illegal to host an open house party and to serve, sell, or give alcohol to minors. 

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations, which houses the state's Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Department, Communication Director Sandi Poreda says, "I think it's important for everyone in the state to understand if you're an adult and you're giving minors the access to alcohol, through these open house parties, you're going to be held responsible."

Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Keith Gaston says he hopes others can learn from this tragedy. "I hope that people can learn from other people's mistakes. Don't make the same mistake," he says. 

Neighbor Edith Greenly says, she believes justice has been served. "Her life is now gone because of their mistake and sometimes you make mistakes, you have to pay for them," she says. 

All five suspects are in the Clay County jail and will be prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office.
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