Woman charged after teen dies from alcohol she provided; authorities cracking down

A York County woman is now facing charges connected to the death of a teenage girl she gave alcohol.

Deputies say Kelly Hedrick turned herself in Monday morning to face involuntary manslaughter charges. The coroner says a 16-year-old girl died from acute alcohol poisoning and deputies say Hedrick was the adult who provided the alcohol.

“I can’t say we have a problem, but it is happening in our county,” said Alex Greenawalt from Keystone Substance Abuse Services.

Underage drinking happens nearly everywhere, but now in York County a teen has lost her life and an adult is facing charges for it.

Deputies say they found 16-year-old Shelby Brakefield unconscious and not breathing at a home on Chapman Circle in December. Investigators say Kelly Hedrick provided Brakefield and two other teen girls with three bottles of vodka.

LINK: Deputies: Teen died after drinking alcohol, SC woman charged

The coroner says the teen girl died from alcohol poisoning. Hedrick is now at the Moss Justice Center facing involuntary manslaughter charges, which could carry up to 5 years in prison.

Investigators in York County are doing whatever they can to stop adults from giving alcohol to minors, even those we’re supposed to trust.

Just last week 10 area businesses were given tickets for selling alcohol to those who were underage.

“We are always saying make sure you are checking IDs and you are aware of who is coming into the store,” said Alex Greenawalt.

Greenawalt helps teach businesses how to check ID’s the right way. In South Carolina, there are currently three different types of ID’s. Greenawalt says that’s often where businesses make mistakes, by accidentally accepting a fake or expired ID.

A new proposed South Carolina law would require ID education for any retailer that sells alcohol.

“I am in favor of that because it gives all the employees the proper training on how to check an ID,” said Greenawalt.

These are the 10 businesses that were issued citations for selling alcohol to those who are underage: 

  • Sonny’s, 2781 Cherry Road, Rock Hill
  • Fuji Japan, 2455 Cherry Road, Rock Hill
  • Killingtons, 940 Market St., Fort Mill
  • Tipsy Barrell, 1504 Carolina Place, Fort Mill
  • Famous Daves, 917 Cabela’s Drive, Fort Mill
  • Southern Sugar, 100 Main St., Fort Mill
  • Rosita’s Mexican Grill, 42 N. Congress St., York
  • Last Call Social, 103 Bethel St., Clover
  • El Mexicano, 401 N. Main St., Clover
  •  The Cove, 5301 Highway 557, Lake Wylie

Keystone Substance Abuse Services will be holding two education classes for merchants who sell alcohol. Classes will be held March 11 from 4-6 p.m. and March 13 from 9-11 a.m. at the Keystone Youth Center Training Room in Rock Hill.