Liquor store clerk faces fine, jail for role in fiery crash that killed Ottawa Hills teenager

Brian Hoeflinger

A liquor store clerk has been indicted for his alleged role in a fiery crash that killed an Ottawa Hills teenager in February.

According to the Toledo Blade, a Lucas County Grand Jury has indicted a liquor store clerk for allegedly selling a bottle of vodka to the friend of Brian Hoeflinger. The Ottawa Hills senior was killed after leaving a friend's birthday party and driving home drunk on Feb. 1.

Nicholas Thompson, a clerk at Foxx Liquor Store on Dorr St., faces a charge of selling or furnishing intoxicating liquor to a minor. Thompson could face a fine of $1,000 and up to six months in jail, if convicted.

Authorities say Thompson sold vodka to Hoeflinger's friend who then provided it to teens at a birthday party that same night. Hoeflinger's blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent--more than seven times the legal limit for minor - when his car veered off Edgehill Rd. and struck a tree before catching fire.