Proposed bill limits caffeine for teens after SC teen dies from energy drink

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There is a proposal in South Carolina to ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under 18 years old.

Parents of a 16-year-old boy who died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event are working with lawmakers to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else, The State reported.

Those who knowingly violate the law would face a misdemeanor charge and result in at least a $50 fine.

Last year, Davis Cripe died after officials said he consumed too much caffeine and suffered a cardiac event.

His family said he had a latte, Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink within two hours before he died.

Medical experts said energy drinks can have as much caffeine as five cups of coffee.