BUCO Sheriff: Teen in wrongway crash may have taken drugs

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:35:26 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 14 2014 10:51:39 PM CDT

A teenager that drove the wrong way causing a triple fatal accident may have been under the influence, according to Butler County officials.

Dominic Stolfi, 16, of Benton, was driving west in the eastbound lanes of K-254 near 143rd St. early Sunday morning. His SUV struck an eastbound car. In that car were Potwin residents, 27-year-old Lisa Hardy and 52-year-old Nancy Ross. All three died in the crash.

The Butler County Sheriff's Department encountered Stolfi hours before the deadly wreck. Kelly Herzet, Butler County Sheriff, said his officers responded to a disturbance with other teens overnight. 

Stolfi told a deputy he had taken some kind of LSD-like drug around 2:30 a.m., according to Herzet. Another teen also reported taking the drug, and was taken to the hospital.

Herzet said deputies didn't have grounds to arrest Stolfi, because there was no evidence of the drug at the scene. However, officers did find blotter papers, for drug packaging, at the scene. Stofli's father told authorities he would take the teenager to the hospital in a private vehicle, according to Herzet.

"Apparently that did not happen, and at some point Stofli was able to get the keys and then drove the wrong way down K-254," Herzet told Eyewitness News.

Herzet said investigators are looking into more reports of synthetic drug use, that has LSD-type effects, among teenagers.

The crash remains under investigation. Toxicology tests are underway.

Funeral services for Stolfi, Hardy and Ross are pending.