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Two other teens charged in fatal crash probe

WEST FORSYTH — Two of the teenage passengers in a vehicle that crashed and killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior earlier this month in west Forsyth have been arrested as the investigation wraps up.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old Delton Cook and 17-year-old John Fulkerson, both of Cumming, have each been charged with reckless conduct and possession/consumption of alcohol by persons under 21. 

The sheriff’s office said it made arrangements with the teens’ parents for them to turn themselves in at the Forsyth County Detention Center. Fulkerson did so on Friday night and Cook followed Saturday morning. Both were released later Saturday after posting bonds.

The crash occurred June 1 on Kelly Mill Road and Rockingham Run.

The driver of the 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck, 17-year-old Adam Robert Joseph Di Millo, has been charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and underage possession/consumption of alcohol.

He also faces a variety of misdemeanor traffic charges, including reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and a seat belt violation for having an unrestrained passenger in the vehicle.

Paul Louis Castell Jr., also 17, was not wearing a seat belt when the truck Di Millo was driving left Kelly Mill Road in a curve. Castell was thrown from the vehicle, which struck a telephone pole, and died at the scene.

Di Millo also was cited with two class D license violations, the first for driving between midnight and 6 a.m. and the second for driving with non-family members younger than 21 within the first six months of being licensed.

The sheriff’s office has said that Di Millo, Castell and three other youth — ages 15, 17 and 18 — had just left a party that involved alcohol and no parental adult supervision when the crash occurred. The three other passengers, two of whom were Cook and Fulkerson, received minor injuries.

Based on statements and admissions, Regan said, there was “significant evidence that they had consumed alcohol during that evening.”

He added, however, that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the truck’s fifth passenger or to press charges against any of the other teen party-goers.

And while investigators followed up on all the leads that came in, they were unable to determine the source of the alcohol the teens consumed at the party.

The Cumming Police Department confirmed that Cook is the son of Assistant Chief of Police Clyde Cook.

Also facing misdemeanor charges as a result of the investigation is Jeremiah Luke Funke, 18, who had played host to the party, which reportedly drew about 60 teens while his parents were out of town.

Funke, who is out on bond, has been charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor and maintaining a disorderly house.