Dad Allowed Underage Party Before Fatal Crash: Cops

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 1:50 PM EDT
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Paige Houston, a RHAM High School student, was killed in a crash in Hebron i nAugust.

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A Connecticut man has been arrested, accused of allowing teens to drink alcohol before a crash that killed a high school student in August.

Police said the 17-year-old driver was one of more than two dozen minors who had attended a party in the woods of a property owned by Paul Sibiga, 66, of North Parker Road in Marlborough.

Paige Houston, a 17-year-old Amston girl who was a cheerleader at RHAM High School, was a passenger in the back seat of the Toyota Tundra that hit a tree in the area of Martin Road early on the morning of August 6, according to state police. She was ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police investigation determined that 28 teens, including Houston, the driver and two teens who ran from the crash scene, had been at a party in the woods in Marlborough where alcohol was served.

According to  an arrest warrant obtained by The Hartford Courant, Sibiga’s told police his son had been having a party earlier. When he took officers to the wooded area, Sibigia’s son said he and 10 to 15 friends were having a party in the woods. Officers later identified 28 teens who had been there.
Witnesses told police that the parties would sometimes happen weekly and the teens had to leave their keys at the house.

One witness said the parents’ rules at the parties were that teens had to leave the keys at the house and had to stay over if they drank, according to the Courant.

State troopers arrested Sibiga today and charged him with 28 counts of reckless endangerment in the first degree and 28 counts of permitting minor to illegally possess liquor in a dwelling/private property.

He was taken into custody and held on a $200,000 court-set bond.

The 17-year-old who police said was driving when the truck crashed has also been arrested.

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