Raleigh, N.C. — State regulators have reached a deal with the second Chapel Hill bar accused of serving a 20-year-old who later was involved in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 85 that killed three people.
If the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission signs off on the deal at its Wednesday meeting, the liquor permits for He’s Not Here would be suspended for 30 days, starting Feb. 12, but the final nine days of the penalty would be suspended if the bar owners pay a $5,000 fine by Feb. 5.
Authorities said Chandler Michael Kania used a fake ID to drink at He’s Not Here and La Residence in the early hours of July 19. A short time later, they said, he was driving north in the southbound lanes near the split of I-85 and Interstate 40 in Orange County when his Jeep Wrangler collided with a Suzuki driven by Felecia Harris.
Harris, 49, of Charlotte, her friend Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte, and Harris’ granddaughter Jahnice Beard, 6, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were killed in the fiery wreck. Harris’ daughter, Jahnia King, 9, was seriously injured.
Toxicology tests show that Kania had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, which is more than twice the level at which a driver is considered impaired under North Carolina law. Because Kania is underage, however, any alcohol in his system would have been illegal.
La Residence paid a $5,000 fine in December, and its liquor permits were suspended for 14 days for violations connected to Kania.
He’s Not Here has two other pending cases before the ABC Commission on Wednesday stemming from underage drinking at the bar in March 2014 and April 2015. The bar owners face a 50-day suspension in each of those cases, but each could be suspended by paying a $5,000 fine.
Kania is under house arrest in Asheboro awaiting trial on three counts each of second-degree murder and felony death by motor vehicle and one count each of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving left of center, obtaining alcohol by a minor and underage consumption of alcohol as a minor. A grand jury also indicted him on an aggravating factor linked to a fight he had with friends who tried to stop him from driving after drinking that night.
,State regulators have reached a deal with the second Chapel Hill bar accused of serving a 20-year-old who later was involved in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 85 that killed three people.
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