Teens impairment was not factor in accident

Cañon City police arrested a man who allegedly provided alcohol to Megan Terrill hours before the Craig teen-ager was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Cañon City resident Keith Mazel, 20, was arrested Thursday on charges of providing alcohol to Terrill and other minors.

Terrill, who was 16, attended a drinking party at Mazel's residence and left the location at about 2:30 a.m., March 7, according to Cañon City police. While walking back to her extended family's home, Terrill was struck by a vehicle. She died Tuesday after 10 days in critical condition at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo.

Witnesses who attended the party said Terrill was intoxicated while at Mazel's residence, according to a report by the Cañon City Police Department.

Terrill's blood alcohol content was .08 percent, which means she was impaired, said Cañon City Police Chief Dan Shull. The legal limit for operating a motor vehicle is .05 percent.

Terrill's impairment is not considered to be a factor in the accident, Shull said.

"She was off the roadway when she was hit," Shull said.

Mazel was charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which is a Class 4 felony.

"Mazel is accused of having someone else purchase alcohol, which was later served to teen-age girls on a couple of different occasions," the police report states.

Police are seeking to contact the man who is suspected of purchasing the alcohol for Mazel. That suspect will be served a summons for the misdemeanor charge of purchasing alcohol for someone underage, Shull said.

The man who supplied Mazel did not know the alcohol would be provided to juveniles, Shull said.

Mazel's arrest is the second in the Terrill case. On March 10, Cañon City police arrested George Largent, a Fremont County resident, who allegedly was driving the sport utility vehicle that hit Terrill. Largent was charged with hit and run, reckless driving and vehicular assault. Largent will appear in court in Cañon City March 30 where he will face additional charges because Terrill died from her injuries.

Funeral services for Terrill were held today.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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