Kania’s BAC twice the legal limit at time of crash

Kania in a file photo. (David Hurst/CBS North Carolina)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Chandler Kania had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 at the time of the triple-fatal accident July 19 in Interstate 85, officials confirmed Friday.

In North Carolina, the legal BAC is 0.08.

On July 19, Kania crashed his Jeep Wrangler head-on into a Suzuki sedan driven by Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte.

Two of the three passengers in Harris’ car were also killed, including 6-year-old Jahnice Beard of Brooklyn, New York, who was seated in the backseat, and Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte.

Kania is charged with with three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle, one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving the wrong way on an interstate, careless and reckless driving, driving after consuming alcohol as a minor, possession of alcohol by a minor and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Kania, 20, is under the age to drink legally in North Carolina. Officials have said Kania initially presented a fake ID after the accident.

Kania posted his $1 million bond Tuesday and will be kept under house arrest.

A search warrant obtained on Monday shows he drank that night at La Residence, a well-known French restaurant, and that he appeared to have been at He’s Not Here, a popular UNC bar.

Kania graduated from Asheboro High School in 2013. While there, he was student body president, played soccer and tennis as well as swam for his high school.

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