Posted: Monday, June 2nd 2014 at 3:12pm
Fatal crash leads to arrest in alleged house party
By Derreck Booth Editor
CUMMING - Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputies Monday said their investigation into Sunday morning's fatal crash led them to an arrest related to an alleged party.
Five teenagers were in a truck that crashed off of Kelly Mill Road around 1:00 a.m. Sunday. One of the passengers, 17-year-old Paul Louis Castell Jr. of Dawsonville, died in the wreck.
The truck driver, 17-year-old Adam Di Millo of Dawsonville, has been charged with 1st degree vehicular homicide and DUI. Deputies said Di Millo appeared before a judge Monday, and his bond was set at $19,965.
Investigators said the case led them to a residence in a subdivision on Hyde Road. Authorities believe the five people in the truck had just left the residence before the accident.
"Investigators on scene later learned that the teenagers had just left a nearby house party that involved about 60 teenagers, where they learned that alcohol and possibly drugs were also on scene," said Deputy Robin Reagan.
In a Monday afternoon release, deputies said they obtained a search warrant for that residence. During the search, deputies said they discovered a party had taken place.
Investigators arrested 18 year old Jeremiah Luke Funke and charged him with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor and maintaining a disorderly house. He's been released on $2,365 bond.
Forsyth County authorities Monday said further charges in the case are possible. Investigators were trying to determine how the alcohol was obtained and who brought it to Funke's residence.
"Our investigators are still following up on a lot trying to figure out how these teenagers were allowed to get a hold of alcohol, how they were able to obtain it and bring it to the party," said Reagan. "We will be making further charges if we determine that anyone else is responsible with any criminal matters in this case."
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