SHASTA COUNTY - An Odessa, Texas resident is facing a criminal charge of furnishing alcohol to minors following an alcohol-related vehicle crash in which a 17-year-old Redding resident was killed. When the solo-vehicle crash happened last June and it was determined that the sole occupant, Kodi Hunt, was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, CHP officers referred the case to California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents for further investigation.
Agents assigned to ABC's TRACE (Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies) determined that Reece Kinnie (age 19) was responsible for providing alcohol to multiple underage persons, including Hunt, at a house party. ABC worked closely with the CHP and the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation. A report was filed with the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and a warrant was issued for Kinnie’s arrest for his role in the incident. Kinnie faces the possibility of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine or both.
The fatal rollover accident happened in the early morning hours of June 28, 2015 on SR 299 in Shasta County. The 17-year-old was declared dead at the scene.
"There are very serious consequences to furnishing alcohol to minors," said Kevin Highbaugh, ABC agent and president of California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents. "No one should be providing alcohol to anyone under 21. Underage drinking leads to fights, sexual assaults, traffic collisions, and fatalities. ABC agents do a great job investigating the source of alcohol when a young person has been drinking and then is involved in a serious accident or crime."