6 Wakefield High Students Cited With Underage Drinking
Posted March 21, 2007
Updated August 16, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. — A week after five Wakefield High School students were charged in connection with an underage-drinking party that led to crash that killed one of their classmates, six more Wakefield High students were cited for being at a similar underage drinking party.
Agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement and Raleigh police broke up the party at an apartment on Royal Anne Lane on Saturday night after receiving a tip that an 18th birthday party was scheduled for a Wakefield student and that alcohol would be served.
The following people were cited with underage drinking:
Alexis Brooke Slutsky, 16; Kyle Walter Tote, 16; Kyle Michael Woodlief, 18; Annie Maria Darrigo, 17; Erin Elizabeth Calo, 18; Kelsey Hilburn Gage, 16; Marcella Samantha Briseno, 17; Rachel Dorenkamp, 18; Rebecca Fenter, 16; and Michael Anthony Saunders, 20.
Woodlief also was cited with underage possession of liquor and aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol.
Slutsky, Darrigo, Calo, Gage, Briseno and Dorenkamp all attend Wakefield High, and Fenter attends Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, according to authorities. Information about the others cited was not immediately available.
Garrett Marc Stevens, 20, of 709 Royal Anne Lane, Apt. 102, who rents the apartment where the party was held, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol and one count of underage possession of malt beverages. He is a former Wakefield High student.
On March 9, ALE agents charged five Wakefield High students with taking part in an underage drinking party in January. After the party, Sadiki Young, 18, a Wakefield High senior, died when the car in which he was riding went off Wakefield Plantation Drive and tumbled down an embankment.
The driver of the car, Christopher John Palmeri, 18, of High Holly Lane, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with the wreck.
Earlier this week, Young's mother, Dr. Rosemarie Newman, spoke about her son's death during an assembly at Wakefield where North Carolina First Lady helped kick off a statewide campaign, Operation Drive to Live, to decrease underage drinking.
"Do I think alcohol caused my son's death? Do I think alcohol influenced the way these kids behaved afterwards? Damn right I do," Newman said.
Within a one-year period, four other students at the school were killed in alcohol-related crashes.