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Underage UNC Charlotte student who fell from party bus had been drinking, report says

UNC Charlotte students falls out of party bus, fatally struck in Charlotte

A 20-year-old UNC Charlotte student fell out of a party bus and was hit by two other vehicles. Polly Rogers died at the scene, police say. The bus was heading to a bar in uptown Charlotte.
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A 20-year-old UNC Charlotte student fell out of a party bus and was hit by two other vehicles. Polly Rogers died at the scene, police say. The bus was heading to a bar in uptown Charlotte.

The UNC Charlotte student who died after falling from a party bus on her way to uptown on May 1 had been drinking, according to a toxicology report released Tuesday by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Polly Rogers, 20, had a blood alcohol content of 0.19, the report states. For context, that's more than double the legal limit for a driver over age 21 in North Carolina.

Shortly after the crash, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said some of the other people on the bus had been drinking but did not say whether Rogers had consumed alcohol.

Rogers was studying special education at UNC Charlotte, and she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, the university said. She grew up in Charlotte and graduated from Myers Park High School, according to her obituary.

Multiple investigations into the crash are ongoing.

UNC Charlotte's chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity was suspended after Rogers was killed, pending an investigation into her death. WSOC reported that the chapter rented the party bus.

Nearly a week after Rogers was killed, the owner of Charlotte Party Charter was cited by police, who found the bus was not insured and had a fake license plate. The company's owner, Victor Rabb, turned the bus over to the N.C. State Highway Patrol for further investigation.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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