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Three young people lost their lives in Brown Summit, North Carolina on February 13, 2010 when Amanda Sperduti, now 21, of Winston-Salem crashed the vehicle she was reportedly driving at 90 mph. Amanda, who was underage at the time, was allegedly heavily intoxicated. Though she was severely injured, she was the only survivor of the collision.

Amanda was charged with three counts of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated as a provisional licensee, exceeding safe speed (the limit around the bend in the road where she wrecked was 45 mph and it was dark and rainy outside) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Now, two more people face criminal charges in connection with the fatal crash.

Theresa Bruckner, 51, and her son, Kyle Bruckner, 22, each of Brown Summit, are charged with three counts of aiding and abetting a person less than 21 years of age in possessing an alcoholic beverage.

According to an article from, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agent Eric Hill alleges that Amanda Sperduti was drinking with two other underage young people—Sascha Hoffman and Brian McCaskill, who were both killed during the crash—at the Bruckners’ house.

I have previously blogged about this tragic incident. I hope the memory of the three young people who died in this collision lives on in through their families, friends and community. I hope that we will each remember them before making decisions about driving that can instantly change not only our own lives, but the lives of others on the road.

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