Teen arrested for DWI, friend hospitalized


The driver of a second vehicle, 18-year-old Vicky Phillip, saw the crash in his rearview mirror and turned around to help his friend.

Police arrested Phillip at the scene and charged him with DWI.

Phillip's father told ABC11 Eyewitness News his son and Murari left a friend's birthday party in their separate cars. He also said he feared his son drank something before getting behind the wheel.

Like Phillip's parents, others worry when they hear about teens drinking and driving.

"I have 18-year-old twins, and they're getting ready to go to college," retired high school coach Bill Devine told ABC11. "Any time you see an accident like this, you hope that they aren't yours but you feel bad, whoever they are."

Parents say they try to warn their children about driving hazards.

"It just turns my stomach!" Devine exclaimed. "As a parent, you try to drive it home."

Concerned parent Tina Smith says incidents like this one make her fear for her adult daughter and younger children.

"Oh my goodness!" Smith exclaimed. "I don't want my family on the road! It's a huge concern with me. I have a grown daughter, I have two children that are younger, and it scares me that kids are out there driving, they're drinking."

Her advice for parents who hear about stories like this one is "know what your kids are doing!"

"Pay attention, be involved with them," Smith added. "I think parents treat their children as friends today. Instead of parent-child relationship, they want their kids to accept them."

Coach Devine says keep telling your children about wrecks like this one.

"They may be listening, but are they really hearing it?" Devine asked.

And he says if you're not sure if they are hearing your point, make them read this story.

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