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I am very sorry for your situation. You should not get into any legal trouble
here. Allow me to explain why.
There are two levels of liability here - criminal and civil. Criminally, you are likely not liable. Civilly, same, although the family of the deceased girl can attempt something.
1) You may be thinking about "dram shop law." This is when a alcohol-selling establishment can get into trouble for failing to cut off someone who is visibly intoxicated, and then they drive off and get into an accident. However, you were not an "establishment," so this does not apply to you.
2) There is a "social host law" that is somewhat similar, and that is under Washington's §66.44.200
. See here
. However, this has to do with selling liquor to minors. You did not do so.
3) The driver is the one that will likely bear the brunt of the criminal liability here. The fact that they were not wearing seat-belts is their own fault.
4) The family of the deceased girl may
attempt to come after you (civilly), but this is unlikely. To sue someone in Court, one needs causation
(i.e. if not for, then...), and there can be no intervening cause between what you did and what happened. But, even if you had alcohol at your party, they chose to drink it, they chose to ride without a seat-belt, and it was the driver's fault that they crashed. In other words, it is highly unlikely
that you would be liable, or the trust, etc.
Just in case, someone in your situation may wish to:
1) Avoid making statements without an attorney present to either the police or attorneys for any party in association with this incident; and
2) Not to contact any of the parties, and allow an attorney to do so.
Very likely, nothing will happen here. Just in case, an attorney is recommended to take and make statements. May I recommend Martindale Hubble - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
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