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Felicia Harris, 49, Janiece Smith, 6, and Darlene McGee, 46, killed; Michael Chandler Kania, 20, cited after wrong-way crash on I-85 in Orange County, North Carolina

Modified Date: 
Fri, 10/14/2016 - 8:55pm
Accident Date: 
Sunday, July 19, 2015

3 dead, 2 injured in wrong-way I-85 crash in Orange County

Investigators will meet with Orange County prosecutors to determine whether charges will be filed. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, troopers said. 

UNC student charged in fatal I-85 head-on collision ::

"A 6-year-old killed, two adults, the other injured person is 9 years old, very seriously injured. The Highway Patrol is trying to determine where he got onto I-85 and how long he had been driving in the wrong direction before the crash. Kania was driving north in the southbound lanes near the split of I-85 and Interstate 40 when his Jeep Wrangler collided with a Suzuki driven by Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, according to the Highway Patrol. The state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement is investigating where and how Kania obtained alcohol. A 9-year-old seated in the back of Harris' vehicle was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Tests: Student charged in wrong-way I-85 crash was drunk, on pot :: WRAL.com

Authorities said Kania used a fake ID to drink at two Chapel Hill bars the night before the crash. Because Kania is underage, however, any alcohol in his system would have been illegal. Friends tried to stop him from getting behind the wheel, but he fought with them, knocking one to the ground, authorities said. He is under house arrest after his family posted a $1 million bond last week. Separate tests also showed that Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, which is more than twice the level at which a driver is considered impaired under North Carolina law.

Fake license charge filed against student in wrong-way I-85 crash :: WRAL.com

Authorities said Kania used a fake ID to drink at two Chapel Hill bars the night before the crash. Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, was charged Friday with two counts of obtaining alcohol with a false driver's license. Separate tests also showed that he had marijuana in his system at the time of the crash. Tests showed that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, which is more than twice the level at which a driver is considered impaired under North Carolina law. Because Kania is underage, however, any alcohol in his system would have been illegal.

Chapel Hill bar linked to fatal I-85 crash reaches new deal on liquor permits :: WRAL.com

Authorities said Chandler Michael Kania used a fake ID to drink at La Residence and He's Not Here in the early hours of July 19. If the fine is paid on time, the 14-day suspension would end on midnight Dec. 31, meaning La Residence could start serving alcohol to ring in the new year. Because Kania is underage, however, any alcohol in his system would have been illegal. The ABC Commission still has to sign off on the deal during its meeting next Wednesday. He's Not Here is still negotiating with ABC staff over the violations it faces in the case.

Murder charges filed against UNC student in wrong-way I-85 crash

District Judge Charles Anderson set a $1 million bond for Kania, who appeared in court in a wheelchair. He had been recovering at UNC Hospitals from injuries suffered in the fiery Sunday morning crash and was taken to court upon his release.  

FAMILY OF MAN ACCUSED OF CAUSING TRIPLE FATAL CRASH SPEAKS OUT

Attorneys for Kania released a statement Wednesday on behalf of the Kania family: "The Kania family is absolutely devastated about this tragedy. Their hearts, prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. Chandler is fully cooperating with law enforcement and will continue to do so."

Bars added to wrongful death suit in fatal I-85 crash

Two Chapel Hill bars were added Monday to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the daughter of a woman killed last month in a head-on collision involving a Jeep driving the wrong way on Interstate 85.

Defense says cellphone search in fatal I-85 crash illegal

Defense attorneys said in a motions hearing Tuesday that the search warrant used to seize Kania's phone was flawed because it allowed state troopers to search only Kania's hospital room at UNC Hospitals and they actually retrieved it from his father, Michael Kania, in Asheboro.

Friends testify to day of drinking, smoking pot before fatal I-85 crash

 Friends of a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student involved in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 85 last year that killed three people testified Thursday that the student had been drinking and smoking marijuana throughout the day and night before the crash.

No verdict yet in wrong-way I-85 fatal crash trial

 After more than a day of deliberations, jurors still haven't reached a verdict on whether a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student is guilty of murder for driving the wrong-way on Interstate 85 last year and killing three people in a head-on collision.

Three people including a 6-year-old, died in a wrong-way collision on I-85 in Orange County Sunday morning. Felicia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, was killed in the collision around 3 a.m. Another child was treated for serious injuries at UNC Hospital, and Michael Chandler Kania, 20, was treated for his injuries as well. Kania was driving a Jeep Wrangler north in the southbound lanes when he crashed head-on with a Suzuki car driven by Harris. Three people in the Suzuki were pronounced deceased at the crash site.  What every family needs to know about wrongful death claims: When someone dies as the result of an accident, family members must make many decisions, and a wrongful death claim often needs to be filed. Often a claim can be filed only by certain family members, and there are strict requirements and deadlines that must be met. It is critically important to speak with a wrongful death attorney to get information on a victim’s rights and options. Click here to learn more.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Felicia Harris
Michael Chandler Kania
Janiece Smith
Darlene McGee
Jahnia King
Roadway: 
I-85

Comments

He needs to be in jail for the rest of his life. No exceptions! That 6 year old will never experience going to high school and college as he did

We need to look at the entire picture here.  How did he get seerved the Alcohol in the first place?  If he had a fake I"d where did he get it?  Lets charge that person as well. Are we doing enough to teach our children about this?  What can we do to help stop future abuse?  There is more to this, yes he is guilty yes the three people involved have lost so much I cannot imagine.... However we need to stop future Alcohol abuse from occuring.  We need to do somehting more.... What we are looking at like a family member said was 5 peoples lives have been changed forever not to mantion all the family members involved.  Devastating to say the least...

He should be charged. He made the decision to drive drunk, it doesn't matter. First of all, he was underage. Now that his rich mommy and daddy has come to his aid, I don't see how he will learn anything from this horrific accident. The other people's families lives are changed forever because of Chandler's choice. I always say to people, if you are going to drink, don't drive. I also think that the bars that served him, should be accountable as well. Most of the students that go to UNC come from rich families, as they have NO understanding of being responsible for their own actions. Walkingin a bar with a fake ID, he should have thought of the consequences that could happen BEFORE walking into those bars. My condolences to the families and friends of those killed. I can ONLY imagine what you are experiencing.

Another compelling factor in this case is the fact that friends tried to stop this 2nd-degree murderer from driving, and one person was apparently knocked to the ground.  This will be part of the DA's prosecution.  This guy is a spoiled, loose cannon who thought nothing of putting the lives of others at risk.  And the result is that he is a child killer.  If he doesn't deserve the full brunt of the justice system, then no one does.

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