Three Face Underage Alcohol Charges in Union County Fatal Accident


HARRISBURG – North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents today filed alcohol charges against three people related to a July 11 vehicle accident in Union County that killed a 16-year-old Waxhaw girl and injured six others.

Kenya Derry, 19, and Alexis Plyler, 18, were charged with two counts each of aiding and abetting an underage person in the purchase of spirituous liquor, and one count each of purchasing spirituous liquor by someone under age 21. Tristah Massey, 21, was also charged with aiding and abetting the purchase of alcohol for underage persons.

Agents identified Massey as the female who allegedly purchased a half-gallon of vodka from the Waxhaw ABC store. The teens had consumed the vodka prior to the crash, which killed Autumn Plyler of Waxhaw.

The night of the accident, the N.C. State Highway Patrol charged the driver of the sport utility vehicle, Kemthia Garlins, 20, with driving while intoxicated.

The investigation is on-going, and ALE may file additional charges.


Contact: Chess McQueen, ASAC
Date: July 17, 2015
Phone: (704) 454-5264