VINELAND, NJ (CBS) – A Vineland go-go bar has had its liquor license revoked for serving alcohol to two underage men who were killed in a drunk driving crash after leaving.
Kashmir lost its liquor license two years after 18-year-old Jonathan Rothschild, of Clayton, and 20-year-old Ian Drebes, of Franklinville, were killed when Drebes lost control of his vehicle and crashed on Weymouth Avenue in Vineland around 2 a.m. on June 28, 2011.
Officials say the two consumed multiple alcoholic beverages earlier that night along with Rothschild’s girlfriend, Mandy Caudill. She said that around midnight, the two men argued in the parking lot of Taylor’s Grill and Bar in Wililamstown before parting ways and agreeing to meet up at Kashmir later.
According to officials, Rothschild and Drebes eventually went to Kashmir, where the bouncer checked Drebes’ ID, which was fake, but did not check Caudill or Rothchild’s. Caudill says the two boys consumed five or six drinks later that night at Kashmir, then left around 2 a.m.
The two men were killed shortly thereafter, and toxicology reports revealed Drebes’ had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .157% at the time of his death. Rothschild’s BAC was .162%.
Both men were found to be in possession of fictitious identification cards.
“This horrific episode should serve as a wake up call to all our licensees and encourage them to get back to fundamental responsibilities of owning a liquor license,” Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Michael Halfacre. “Licensees need to check identification to make sure that those trying to gain access to their establishment or trying to order a drink are old enough to do so. They also must be aware of how much their patrons are drinking – licensees have a responsibility to ensure no one is over served.”