Shannon Dwyer (deceased)
Sean Fardy (providing alcohol)
Eric Norlin (social host)
Dennis Richardson (social host)
On August 5, 2003, Shannon Dwyer and three of her friends met Sean Fardy outside his workplace in Pembroke, MA. They proceeded to follow him to a liquor store located in Hanover where he bought them a 30 pack of beer.
Shannon and several of her girlfriends attended parties hosted by Eric Norlin, 17, and Dennis Richardson, 20. Alcohol was consumed at the homes of Norlin and Richardson, both legally considered to be those in control of the property at the time.
In the early morning hours of August 6, Shannon Dwyer was on her way home, alone in her car, when the vehicle reportedly left the road and crashed into two trees. Ms. Dwyer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Social Host Law holds those in control of the property or premises liable in cases such as these, even if the individuals in question are under the age of 21.
The parents of Norlin and Richardson were not charged under the Social Host law due to the fact that they were not home, nor did they have any knowledge of consumption of alcohol at their homes in their absence. Sean Fardy was charged with providing alcohol to the parties.