Illinois Mom Accused of Giving Son Beer Before Crash

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a southwestern Illinois teenager killed a car crash is being accused of giving her son beer and whiskey before the accident.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported Friday that Ginger Zehner-Denton, of Mascoutah, was charged with unlawful delivery of alcohol.

If convicted, Zehner-Denton could be sentenced to as many as three years in prison.

Her 18-year-old son, Stephen Zehner, died in a Jan. 26 crash. He was a senior at Belleville West High School.

A 16-year-old passenger in the car he was driving was seriously injured and was hospitalized for three months.

Zehner-Denton’s bail was set at $100,000.

Online court records do not show whether she has an attorney.

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