Two arrests made after teen's accident

People suspected of supplying alcohol to girl

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Two people were arrested on suspicion of supplying alcohol to a 17-year-old girl who was in a serious accident Saturday night.

Dustin Moran, 18, of Steam-boat Springs, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawful acts pertaining to alcohol and a minor in possession of alcohol.

Karen Kosmicki, 42, of Steamboat Springs, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of committing an unlawful act pertaining to the procurement of alcohol for minors.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said a police investigation led police to Moran, who had Kosmicki buy alcohol for a party the girl attended. Police have not identified the girl. Police also would not provide a copy of the accident report, saying the incident is under investigation.

Moran, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, allegedly called Kosmicki to ask her to purchase alcohol. Moran allegedly met Kosmicki at Central Park Liquor and gave her money to purchase alcohol.

Kosmicki then gave Moran two bottles of Captain Morgan rum and two 40-ounce bottles of beer, Rae said.

The alcohol was taken to a private residence. The 17-year-old girl, who later was in the accident, drank some of that alcohol.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a Class 4 felony and could come with two to six years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000.

Committing an unlawful act pertaining to alcohol is a misdemeanor and could come with three to 12 months in prison and a fine of $250 to $1,000.

On Saturday night, the 17-year-old girl ran a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup into a phone pole on Howelsen Parkway.

The 17-year-old girl was driving east on Howelsen Parkway when she hit the pole, causing substantial damage to the pole and the vehicle. The girl also sustained facial lacerations and neck injuries from hitting the windshield of the vehicle. She was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance.

The girl remains at the hospital and has been upgraded to good condition, a hospital representative said.

Police have not received the tests of the girl's blood alcohol levels, but Rae said indications are that she had been drinking. Charges are likely to follow.

Police think the girl attended a party earlier in the evening and then met other high school students at Howelsen Skate Park. She was leaving the skatepark when the accident occurred.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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