2 Chapel Hill bars negligent in UNC student’s triple-fatal crash, lawsuit says

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Two Chapel Hill establishments have been added to a lawsuit against UNC Chapel Hill student Chandler Kania after the death of Darlene McGee and two other people in a crash in Orange County.

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Added to the suit were He’s Not Here, a popular bar in Chapel Hill, and La Residence Restaurant and Bar, a longtime Chapel Hill establishment.

McGee, 46, of Charlotte was killed July 19 when Kania was driving drunk on I-85. A 6-year-old girl and another woman were also killed in the crash.

The lawsuit is being brought by Deseante Jones, the daughter of McGee.

The lawsuit also names Kania’s parents.

The lawsuit states that Kania, a 20-year-old UNC student, drank at La Residence and was not required to show identification. The lawsuit states the La Residence employees “should have known” Kania was intoxicated.

The lawsuit said Kania later went to He’s Not Here and was served alcohol, even though he was under age and intoxicated.

The lawsuit claims the two restaurants failed to have adequate measures in place to prevent underage students from drinking there.

The lawsuit accuses the restaurants of “gross negligence and willful or wanton conduct evidencing a reckless disregard for the rights and safety of others.”

The lawsuit also said He’s Not Here and La Residence have a pattern of allowing underage drinking. The suit said the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement branch “has been involved in multiple investigations in the past 18 months” of the two places selling alcohol to minors.

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