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Two charged after drunk man dies when hit by Amtrak train

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Alice Rhyne and Regina LaVecchia Alice Rhyne and Regina LaVecchia
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Belmont police have charged two employees of a downtown bar with serving alcohol to an intoxicated man who was hit by a train a short time later.

Regina Estelle LaVecchia, 42, of Belmont and Alice Pratt Rhyne, 25, of Cramerton are each charged with selling alcohol to an intoxicated person, according to Capt. Charlie Franklin with the Belmont Police Department.

The two women work at JAX Backstreet Tavern on Glenway Street near the railroad tracks.

Police say 53-year-old Michael Eugene Peters, of Cramerton, died when he was hit by an Amtrak train on Sept. 15.

The train was Amtrak's southbound Crescent, bound from New York to New Orleans.

A toxicology report is still pending. Police say Peters was overserved at the bar that night, which is why the two employees are charged.

Te bar is well known to police. More than 100 calls for service have come from the bar in the past two years, police said.

Franklin said additional charges against the two women could be forthcoming.

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