Talia Date and Megan Day, both 22 of Chehalis, are being referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office for furnishing liquor to a minor, a gross misdemeanor. Sheriff Steve Mansfield tells KBKW “Through a lengthy investigation by my Office, it was determined that both women supplied alcohol to minors the night of the party in which 16 year old Tyler Gonzalez died.
Gonzalez was at a party in the 100 block of Brockway Road and had been consuming alcohol. He wandered away from the party and was later struck by a vehicle while lying in the roadway. As a result of being struck by the vehicle, Gonzalez died of blunt internal trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen. His post mortem ethanol level was .17.
“The supplying and voluntary consumption of alcohol ultimately led to Tyler Gonzalez’s death. This is a sad, tragic and preventable accident. The initial actions of these two women ultimately set things in motion for the tragedy to occur. Tyler voluntarily drank the alcohol; however, one must wonder if he would still be alive today had he not had access and consumed the alcohol which ultimately caused him to make some poor decisions resulting in his death. Family, friends, relatives and the woman who struck Tyler will be forever affected by the choices made that night. I would hope the circumstances surrounding Tyler’s death will serve as a sobering reminder of the consequences and long term effects of people supplying alcohol to minors,”said Sheriff Mansfield.