Documents detail the events before and after the crash that killed a UNC student


CHAPEL HILL, NC – North Carolina liquor law enforcement determined that two Chapel Hill bars had violations related to a Jan. 21 accident in Chapel Hill that killed Molly Rotunda, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina , died. WRAL Investigates obtained the reports submitted by ALE to the ABC Commission through a public records request.

The March 2024 reports indicate that Might As Well and Still Life bars on Franklin Street served alcohol to minors prior to the accident.

Now the ABC Commission will decide on any consequences, which could include a suspension, a written warning or fines for these bars. The two bars did not respond to WRAL's request for comment. The ALE report notes that the agency has informed permit holders of Might as Well and Still Life that it is submitting violation reports to the ABC Commission. It says still life Permission “immediately became hostile and began yelling” and claimed, “ALE has a pattern of making up violations of his company.”

WRAL has reported extensively on the wreck, the investigation into it and the night's events resulted in charges against 10 people, including two NCCU students and three UNC football players. Most of the charges are misdemeanors related to underage drinking.

10 people, including 3 football players, are charged in Chapel Hill crash that killed a UNC student
The reports, which total about 100 pages, show that the group of friends were drinking at the Still Life Bar to celebrate UNC football player Zachary Rice's 20th birthday.

According to the report, the group spent $910 on tequila, paid for by UNC football player Travis Shaw.

According to the report, when the bar closed at 2 a.m., the group went to the nearby Wallace parking deck and spread out into different cars.

One of these cars was driven by Rice. Based on surveillance video, the ALE report states that between 12:36 a.m. and 1:41 a.m., Rice is seen taking at least five shots of Still Life. The report reveals for the first time that another UNC football player, Malaki HamrickHe was also in Rice's vehicle.

WRAL has reported that sources say racing may have been a factor and that police say speeds reached more than 120 miles per hour.

The documents show that the cars went there Blue at Farrington Apartment complex where many of the group lived.

rice and Hamrick were questioned by investigators Kenan Football Center about what they saw and the documents describe what they said.

Hamrick stated that they were driving side by side on the highway. … Hamrick explained that the right lane was ending, so Rice slowed down so they could pass. Hamrick He then stated that he saw the vehicle continue straight and go off the road… Once Hamrick He called 911 and said he told Rice they needed to turn around and help.”

Rice told agents he saw Brewer's car go into the air and that “it looked like she was trying to steer the car properly, but the car was already in the air.”

Rice told investigators he and Hamrick Because of the heavy smoke we were able to find the women's car.

“Rice said Rotunda was in the back seat when they reached the wreckage and they pulled Rotunda from the car…Rice said they left the scene after they saw the ambulance pick up Rotunda and said again, “It was too much.”' Rice said he had to pull Hamrick away from the crime scene.”

During investigators' interview with Rice, according to the report, Rice said Rotunda sent him a text message asking for a ride, but he did not see the message. “I could tell Rice seemed upset,” the investigator wrote, “and he may even have felt guilty about Rotunda’s death because he missed that text message. I sat next to Rice and tried to comfort him for a moment.”

Rice told investigators, “He did not believe anyone was too drunk and said he would have stopped people if he thought they were drunk,” the report said.

Investigators interviewed Rice at Kenan Football Center on Jan. 24, the report said. Rice said he has known Brewer and Rotunda since they were in college, noting that the two “went to his stepbrother's high school.”

According to DPS, Travis Shaw, who is charged with aiding and abetting underage possession/consumption of alcohol for the alleged purchase of the tequila, faces a $500 fine plus court costs and 25 hours of community service. He is also accused of underage drinking.

When asked about the charges against the players on March 18, head coach Mack Brown said: “We've had three guys commit infractions and they're going through the legal process right now. “We will let the legal process take its course and then what we do will be sufficient, of course, is that they will have consequences with disciplinary action within our program.”