A University of North Carolina fraternity was shut down Thursday, days after a 20-year-old student reportedly died when she fell out of a party bus window.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said sophomore Polly Miranda Rogers was aboard the Charlotte Party Charter bus Tuesday evening when she fell out an emergency window and was struck by two cars. WBTV reported that she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The girl leaned against the window—which evidently was an emergency exit window—and my son says the latches were broke, evidently, and she fell out. I don’t think the girl did anything wrong. All she did was lean against the window,” a father of one of the passengers told WSOC.
“The cars hit her before they could even get the bus driver to stop the bus.”
Since then, police said they have interviewed one of the drivers who struck the sorority sister and are working to locate the second driver. A description of the second vehicle isn’t immediately available.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the bus was traveling from UNC Charlotte campus to a bar located uptown. While police are uncertain if Rogers was drinking, they claimed other people on the bus had been.
Charlotte Party Charter owner Victor Rabb told WBTV that about 55 people were on the bus on the night in question.
According to WSOC, the company has since taken down their website where they explain that alcohol is allowed on the bus but, if it’s on the bus, everyone aboard must be 21 or over. While their website stated that riders must show proof of their age, they also said it’s on the group to ensure that everyone on the bus is 21 and over, according to the station.
Citing an ongoing investigation, Kappa Sigma Fraternity suspended the operations of the Kappa-Omega Chapter at UNC Charlotte. Their statement to WBTV read:
“The Brothers of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Polly Rogers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rogers family and to her loved ones. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity has suspended the operations of our Kappa-Omega Chapter at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and we are in the process of conducting an investigation of the event on Tuesday evening. The Kappa Sigma Fraternity will fully cooperate with all investigations of the University and local authorities.”
[Featured Image: Polly Rogers/GoFundMe]