MASCOUTAH, IL (KTVI) – Police are looking for a Mascoutah, Illinois, woman who faces charges after allegedly supplying alcohol to her 18-year-old son, who then crashed his car and died.
Stephen Zehner died January 26 when he crashed his car. His mother allegedly supplied him with a bottle of whiskey and a six pack of beer. His passenger was Megan Webb, 16. She sustained serious permanent injuries and spent three months in the hospital.
St. Clair County prosecutors have now charged Ginger Zehner-Denton, 39, Stephen’s mother, with unlawful delivery of alcohol.
Stephen was a student at Belleville West High School.
Police won’t release Stephen Zehner's blood alcohol level when he died because it’s part of the prosecution's evidence, but they do say the whiskey and beer directly led the crash outside of Belleville in late January.
The crash killed him and severely injured Megan, who will be going through rehab for years.
Police say the mother is charged with a class four felony and faces anywhere between one and three years in jail. But first, they have to find her. No one seems to know where she's gone.
Police are asking anyone who might know where she is to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 618-277-3500.