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Reality TV fans, here's a harsh reality for us all. Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was one of three people charged in connection with the 2004 death of teenager Michael Truncali, RadarOnline reports.
According to the website, Snooki was criminally charged for selling alcohol to minors at a party at her house, after Truncali, 18, crashed his car and died with a blood alcohol level of .18 (more than twice the legal limit) Thanksgiving morning.
Police reports reveal that Snooki's mom, Helen Polizzi, was home at the time of the party, and spoke with authorities on numerous occasions after the incident, but was not charged.
Truncali's parents are finally speaking out five years after their son's death, and the New Jersey couple says they are mortified by Jersey Shore's glorification of alcohol consumption.
Michelle Truncali said she watched two episodes of the MTV reality hit and couldn’t take anymore.
"She doesn't care about what happened to our son," the mom said. "We're not out to trash Nicole. I never blamed her for what happened, she was a 16-year-old. I blame others. I am not looking for those people to get arrested, I just want the truth."
The victim's dad said, "I just don't feel that parents should allow underage drinking in their homes. I don't feel like the whole story has come out; that remains our big issue. I want to see the truth come out."
The Truncalis have not yet filed civil charges against Polizzi. They said they hope that by speaking out they will spread a message to other teens about the dangers of drunk driving.
"If this brings some exposure to the problem and if it stops this from happening to someone else, that is a good thing," Bill Truncali said.
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