Party Bus Owner Cited After UNCC Student's Death

May 7, 2018

Polly Rogers
Credit COURTESY OF THE ROGERS FAMILY

CMPD has issued citations to the owner of a party bus company after a UNC Charlotte student fell out of one of his bus's emergency windows last week and was killed when she was struck by two cars.

According to police, the bus was uninsured and was displaying a fictitious license plate during the traffic fatality, which occurred on May 1. The bus owner, Victor Rabb, was issued citations and has voluntarily surrendered the bus to a state agency to further inspect the vehicle for any equipment violations.

Polly Rogers, 20, and a group were heading to uptown from UNCC’s campus when Rogers fell out of a bus emergency window and was struck by two vehicles on North Tryon Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several media outlets report that the Charlotte Party Charter bus had been rented by the UNCC chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Police reported that multiple people had been drinking on board the bus. The fraternity has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation of Rogers’ death.

How the emergency window on the bus was opened is still in dispute. According to Rabb, the window had been opened by passengers. A father of another passenger who was on the bus told WSOC that the window was faulty. Police say they will "inspect the vehicle for any equipment violations."

The funeral for Rogers will be held Monday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte.

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