• Police: Man possibly passed out before being hit by train

    By: Alan Cavanna


    BELMONT, N.C. - Two employees at a Belmont bar are charged with serving a man after he was already drunk.

    That man was later hit and killed by a train.

    Alice Rhyne and Regina LaVecchia are facing charges of selling to an intoxicated person. Both work at JAX Backstreet Tavern.

    Alcohol Law Enforcement agents said they served Michael Peters after initially cutting him off.

    Police said Peters was on his way home earlier this month when he was hit and killed by the train near North Main Street.

    "It just appears he was traveling on this way home, down the tracks, stopped, sit down to take a break and possibly passed out from being intoxicated," Belmont Chief Charlie Franklin said.

    Police are still reviewing surveillance video from the bar.

    The bar's owner said his employees said Peters "appeared fine" in the bar the night he was killed.

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