Andrew Thomas Young, age 18, was sentenced on Aug. 11, 2015, to time in a San Bernardino County adult jail in connection to the death of Eddie Scott, son of Rialto City Councilman Ed Scott. Eddie Scott was a passenger in a vehicle Young was driving while under the influence of what is thought to be Nitrous Oxide.
Young was 17 at the time of the accident and was tried in juvenile court. As such, Christopher Lee, public information officer for San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, wrote in response to a California Public Records Act request that, “After looking into this matter we are statutorily prohibited under Welfare & Institutions Code section 676 from even confirming we have a case. Therefore I can neither confirm, nor deny that the case in question even exists.”
However, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Locator, Young was taken into custody on Aug. 11 at the location of Juvenile Court. The records list his current location as the Central Detention Center, which suggests a light sentence. Having been tried as a juvenile, had he received significant time in custody, he would have been sent to the California Youth Authority, not county jail.
The accident has been widely discussed on Facebook, but not in mainstream media. At issue is not only the death of Eddie Scott, but also the cause of the accident.
Nitrous Oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas.” It is also used in motor racing to increase the power output of engines.
NOS, as it is known by many teens, is a new drug of choice. NOS parties have become commonplace in the Inland Empire, sometimes attracting upwards of 500 teens. The Nitrous Oxide is obtained illegally, usually through mechanics and car repair shops willing to sell it to teens at a profit. The teens in turn sell it at the parties at a rate of about $5 a hit. Thousands of dollars may change hands at a well-attended NOS party.
atombash.com has submitted numerous requests under the California Public Records Act for law enforcement records relating to NOS arrests, deaths and enforcement. Mostly we have been stonewalled but several agencies have now agreed to provide records. Once the records are received, there will be a follow up story describing what happens at NOS parties and their aftermath.
NOS parties are replacing Raves in many instances, and NOS, which many teens consider to be harmless “laughing gas” is causing deaths. The cause of these deaths is being covered up by law enforcement for a variety of reasons. The only reason for a trial and conviction in this case is a father’s anger and tenaciousness. Otherwise, Eddie Scott would be nothing more than another teen stat.