Chapel Hill bar linked to fatal I-85 drunk driving crash reopens Friday

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A Chapel Hill bar that lost its alcohol license for three weeks due to its involvement in a triple-fatal crash in Orange County last summer reopened Friday.

He’s Not Here agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to avoid a 30-day suspension. The ABC Commission finalized the punishment in January. The bar also had to pay a $10,000 fine for past violations.

The general manager of He’s Not Here tells CBS North Carolina that the bar has made changes in response.

“ALE has been offering server trainings for the county, so we did that. Everybody on staff has participated in that at least once. Most of the staff has done it twice,” said Fleming Fuller.

Fuller says IDs will be checked twice from now on — once at the gate and again at the bar.

“So, a double whammy,” he said.

Fuller says they’re looking forward to reopening and providing patrons with “a Carolina environment.”

“It’s been a tough time. We were down on ourselves a little bit. The support has been very positive and we’re excited about being able to return the favor and get everyone back in here,” he said.

He’s Not Here was one of two bars cited with multiple violations after former UNC student Chandler Kania and his friends were allowed in the bars despite being underage the night of a triple-fatal crash.

Investigators say Kania, 20, and his friends drank alcohol at the bars. After leaving the establishments, Kania is accused of driving drunk and causing the triple-fatal wrong way crash.

Kania drove his Jeep Wrangler northbound in the southbound lanes on I-85 and slammed into a Suzuki sedan driven by Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, who died, authorities said. 6-year-old Jahnice Beard and 46-year-old Darlene McGee were also killed in the crash.

Kania’s trial is set to start Oct. 3.

He’s Not Here hosted a grand reopening Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a cornhole tournament. The tournament will benefit the Carolina for the Kids Foundation.RELATED LINKS

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