A Fairfax County high school student has been charged with distributing drugs to a classmate, who later died after drinking alcohol and ingesting a range of controlled substances, police said Tuesday.
David Evers, 18, a Centreville High School student from Clifton, turned himself in to police last week after the death of 17-year-old Centreville resident Alexia Springer in March, police said.
The Virginia medical examiner found that Springer’s death was accidental and that it resulted from a combination of alcohol, the painkiller morphine, the opioid oxycodone and the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam.
Rona Powell, Springer’s mother, said her daughter drank and took the drugs during a party on the night before she was found dead in her family’s home.
Police did not elaborate on the alleged interaction between the two students. Powell said police told her Evers had given her daughter crushed morphine.
“I feel that justice has been served,” Powell said of the charge. “I hope it’s an awakening call to all teenagers out there who are experimenting with these drugs.”
A call to the Evers family was not returned, and it was not immediately clear whether he had retained an attorney.
Powell said that Springer, who was the homecoming princess, a soccer player and varsity runner as a junior at Centreville High School, went to a birthday party in a friend’s basement on the night of Feb. 29.
Over the course of the evening, Powell said, her daughter consumed the drugs and alcohol and then returned home with a friend. Springer went to sleep after going on a computer and texting but never awoke.
Powell went to work on the morning of March 1, and the friend later discovered that Springer was not responsive, Powell said. Powell eventually got a call from a Fairfax County detective and returned home. She said her daughter had died during the night. The drugs had suppressed her breathing and heart rate.
Powell said it was the first inkling she had that her daughter had used drugs.
“She was a really good kid,” Powell said. “This is something I would never have thought would happen to her.”
Springer and Evers were acquaintances, Powell said. Evers was listed on an “All A” grade list for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year at Centreville High School, according to a media report at the time. Springer had dreams of going to dental school and becoming a dentist after high school.
Powell said she hoped other parents could learn from her pain. She said parents should be aware that teens sometimes steal parents’ prescription drugs and that unsupervised parties can be dangerous.
“Communicate with your child and know where they are going,” Powell said.
T. Rees Shapiro contributed to this report.