BETHLEHEM Witnesses say Shayne Coluccio was “visibly intoxicated” at a house party just before the 16-year-old was struck by a tractor trailer and severely injured, according to court documents.
Charges filed against two Selkirk residents draw on accounts from partygoers interviewed by police. According to court documents, Coluccio and a friend were riding bikes on the evening of Wednesday, July 18, when a peer told them of a party taking place at 648 Elm Ave. They followed a group of teens to the house where witnesses said a small gathering of 20 people drinking and smoking marijuana turned into a party of more than 70 people. Another statement estimated 110 people had been in attendance.
Coluccio was said to have drank one 40-once can of beer before he left the party with several friends before 11 p.m. They were stopped by police for fooling around in the road, and one of the friends said in a statement that he turned around to find Coluccio gone.
Soon after, the teen was struck by a truck while trying to cross intersection of Elm Avenue and Creble Road on his bicycle. Police said Coluccio failed to yield to the right of way and was not wearing a helmet.
Deputy Bethlehem Police Chief Timothy Beebe said the teen’s bicycle hit the trailer’s axle and he was run over by one of the axles. He underwent a 10-hour surgery that night, and one more the next day. Beebe said at the time it was impossible to determine if Coluccio was under the influence through toxicology because he lost so much blood and had to receive multiple transfusions.
Police responding to the scene of the accident then witnessed groups of teens leaving Elm Avenue, began conducting interviews and were pointed in the direction of where the party took place. Beebe said there was “an unusual amount of cooperation among partygoers with police.”