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Teen, parents charged with providing alcohol to minor who died in car crash

Posted August 12, 2014 7:48 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2015 6:12 p.m. EDT

— An 18-year-old and his parents were charged Tuesday with providing alcohol to minors at a June wedding.

According to police, Jonathon Gregory Taylor, 18, left the reception at 904 Vance St. immediately before his June 29 death in a crash on Hunting Ridge Road in north Raleigh.

Investigators suspect Taylor was speeding and under the influence of alcohol when he crashed.

At least one other underage person was hospitalized as a result of consuming alcoholic beverages at the wedding, according to the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement.

ALE agents arrested Thomas Blake Matthews, 18, of 904 Vance St., and charged him with purchasing alcohol for the party – a bottle of Jack Daniels from the Cameron Village ABC Store, according to an arrest warrant – and three counts of providing alcohol to minors.

His parents, Dr. Charles Joseph Matthews, 59, and Kimberly Hunt Matthews, 52, both of the same address, were also arrested by ALE agents and charged with four counts each of aiding and abetting the consumption of alcohol by minors, including Taylor and their son.

Charles Matthews is a Raleigh-based neurologist.

ABC store clerk James Gordon Wilson, 60, of 5201 Trinity Village Lane, Apt 102 in Raleigh, was cited with selling spirituous liquor to a person less than 21 years of age.

All three members of the Matthews family were released on $50,000 unsecured bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 19.

The arrests underscore the importance of parents knowing what's happening in their home, said Alcohol Law Enforcement Assistant Special Agent in Charge Terrence Merriweather.

"You have to do your due diligence, you have to be aware, you have to be a good steward of the product that are in your home in making sure they are only be served to those folks who are of age," he said.

Regardless, the court process will not bring Taylor back, said John Dill, owner of the gym Taylor worked out at.

"For me personally, this is a loss on a level that's deep enough (in that) it's not about what happens to anybody else," he said. "It's not going to bring John back."