LOUISBURG, N.C. – A Franklin County convenience store clerk faces charges after selling beer to two teens who were later involved in a deadly accident.
Nagib Salem Ala, 59, was charged with two counts of selling beer to persons less than 21 years of age.
Ala was working at the Ingleside Grocery on Highway 39 North in Louisburg, on Oct. 9. Agents learned that Perry Frazier, 18, of Louisburg and Dustin Garriss, 18, purchased beer at the Ingleside Grocery that night.
The two later crashed their truck around 1:45 a.m. in a single-vehicle accident near Franklinton. Frazier died and Garriss was severely injured.
Video surveillance from the store confirmed Ala sold them the beer without checking any identification, according to the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency.
Ala is scheduled to appear in court in January.
This was not the first time Ingleside Grocery sold alcohol to a minor. There was one prior ABC violation that dates back to December 2013 when they were found to have sold alcohol to an underage person. The store was penalized in June 2014 with a 12-day suspension of ABC permits, suspended upon payment of $1,200.
WNCN asked Ala about the charges against him Friday. He declined to comment and referred WNCN to his attorney. However, when asked for the attorney’s contact information, Ala threatened to call the police.
Frazier was driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He was a 2015 graduate of Franklinton High School and died at the scene, according to officials.
“It affected a lot of people in this area because everybody knows everybody around here. It’s just like one big family. It’s really traumatizing,” said Philip Harmon, who went to high school with Frazier.
ALE investigators say the teens may also have had access to liquor the night of the crash. They’re still trying to determine if that’s the case and how the liquor was obtained. There could be additional charges filed.