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Teens went to buy ping pong balls for beer pong before deadly crash, mother charged

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Police arrested 36-year-old Beth Turban on Sunday on three counts of allowing an open house party-contributing to serious bodily injury or death. (Port St. Lucie Police)

A mother is facing criminal charges in connection to the deaths of three teen baseball players after a crash in Port St. Lucie.

Police arrested 36-year-old Beth Turban on Sunday on three counts of allowing an open house party-contributing to serious bodily injury or death.

The investigation began on the night of Aug. 1, 2020, when a car crashed on SW California Boulevard, killing Christian Bono and Nehemiah Turban, both 16. A third victim, 15-year-old Matthew Bono died days later.

Investigators learned the teens came from a house party at Turban's home where police said she provided alcohol to juveniles. Detectives said the three teens left the home to buy ping pong balls for beer pong.

Port St. Lucie Police said detectives used cell phone data and surveillance video from Walmart that showed the teens driving through the parking lot just minutes before the deadly crash.

"It is our hope that adults reading this who consider giving juveniles alcohol, think twice," police said in a statement. "Not only is it illegal, but your actions could also have unintended tragic consequences."

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