POSTED: 5:08 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2012
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. >> A San Francisco Bay area mom has been arrested on suspicion of helping her child's teenage friend buy alcohol hours before the girl was killed in a drunken-driving crash.
State officials say 51-year-old Amelia Chin of Alameda was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Authorities also arrested 45-year-old Abduhl Azeem Buksh, the clerk at the South San Francisco market where the girl allegedly got the alcohol.
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says Chin accompanied 17-year-old Margaret Qaqish to the market on Feb. 4 and stood by as Qaqish bought the alcohol from Buksh.
Qaqish died when the car she was traveling in crashed early the next morning. The 19-year-old driver was allegedly drunk.
Buksh's attorney, John Forsyth, says surveillance video shows his client sold beer and a wine cooler to Chin, not Qaqish.