20-year-old Polly Rogers had just finished her semester at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte when a fall from a party bus window turned fatal. According to The Washington Post, Rogers was headed for a night out on May 1st when she fell out of an emergency window and ended up in the road’s center lane. Two vehicles ended up hitting her soon after and she died at the scene.
The police statement reads that “Speed is not a factor in this crash,” and that “Alcohol or drug use is unknown at this time.” In an update from a reporter at WSOC9, he tweeted, “”Party Bus” was rented by the fraternity and alcohol found on board night 20-year-old Polly Rogers killed.” The Kappa Sigma Fraternity, who rented the party bus, has also been suspended though it’s unknown if it’s temporary.
The party bus reportedly had approximately 55 people aboard. The owner of the Charlotte Party Charters, Victor Rabb, talked to WBTV and believes that before Rogers fell out, someone had pulled the emergency handle on the window which led to a wide opening. The windows on the party bus are larger than the typical school bus window size and it remains to be seen how or why the emergency handle was pulled.
Rabb continued, “There’s just no way to foresee anything like that,” as he noted that during his decade of operations, nothing like this has ever happened before.
According to school officials, Rogers was studying special education and was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Her sorority sisters set up a GoFundMe and while they’re no longer setting up donations, they exceeded their $7,000 goal with $13,513.