Police: Teens in fatal Webster crash had been at Halloween party with alcohol

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On November 20, 2020, Webster Police Chief Joe Rieger said investigators with the Webster Police Department learned six teenagers who were in a car crash that killed the driver on November 1 had been attending a Halloween party where alcohol was being served. (WHAM photo)

(WHAM) - Investigators with the Webster Police Department said six teenagers who were in a car crash that killed the driver on November 1 had been attending a Halloween party where alcohol was being served.

The update on the investigation in the fatal crash came Friday afternoon from Webster Police Chief Joe Rieger.

"We ask everyone to keep Brody, his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Rieger said.

The teenagers were in a car that slammed into a tree on Gasberry Lane in Webster around 1 a.m. As the car's engine compartment caught fire, a person living nearby ran to the car and helped to get everyone out before police and emergency responders arrived on scene.

Brody Spade, the 18-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology reports showed Spade had a BAC above 0.16 percent. Several ambulances took the other injured passengers to hospitals to be treated. Everyone in the car was between the ages of 16 and 18.

Spade's father, Mark Spade, says Brody had a magnetic personality and was set to play lacrosse at Newbury College next year. His former teammates who are playing in college promise to wear his number 16 on the field.

"In his short time, he made a more positive impact on a wide net of people than I have had the ability to do in triple his time on the planet," said Mark Spade. "As much as we wanted him here, because he made all our lives so much brighter, Heaven needed him more than we wanted him."

Rieger said Friday that investigators learned everyone in the car had left a home in Webster where another teenager had hosted the party where there was alcohol being served. The parents of the teenager who hosted the party were not home and were unaware that a party was being held.

"If you find yourself in this kind of situation, find a ride home from someone else," Rieger said.

Of the six people in the car, Rieger added, only one was wearing a seatbelt. Excessive speed was also a factor in the crash.

"Based upon the investigation we conducted we feel that the backseat passengers were not wearing seatbelt and that contributed not only to their own injuries, but the injuries to the other people in the car,” said Gretchen O’Dea, public information officer with the Webster Police Department.

Five of the six people riding in the car were students or alumni of the Webster Central School District. Webster Schools Superintendent Carmen Gumina called the crash and its aftermath "an incredible loss."

"It's one of those things where we as educators and as parents, we hope we never get that phone call and we try as best as we can to share with them and teach them - our teens - here's what you shouldn't be doing late at night or in a car," Gumina said. "Sometimes we also know that our messages don't get through."

Charges were filed against the teenager who hosted the party. Their case is being heard in Monroe County Family Court.