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Bartender charged with serving teen killed in crash

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A former Liquid Room bartender is charged with serving alcohol to an underage patron on the night she died in an accident. According to an Alcohol Law Enforcement investigation, the bartender, 22-year-old Vincent Murphy, invited 19-year-old Marjorie Whitney to the bar before she crashed her car and died on Carolina Beach Road.

According to the investigation Murphy sent a text message asking Whitney to visit him while he was working at the Liquid Room January 4. Whitney used a fake ID to get into the bar, and witnesses say she was seen at the bar with a mixed drink.

Later that night Whitney died after running into another car while driving about 100 miles per hour. ALE says alcohol played a role in the accident.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission suspended the bar's alcohol permit. Yesterday Murphy was charged with serving alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The Liquid Room was also cited for serving an underage person and will have to go through a review to get its permit back.

Investigators say Whitney visited several other bars on the night of the accident, but there was no evidence that she was served alcohol.

The Liquid Room does not have any previous citations.

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