HILLSBORUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The case of a University of North Carolina student accused of driving drunk and killing three people in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 over the summer has been continued until Jan. 12, 2016.
Chandler Kania, 20, was indicted in September on 13 charges, including three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle and driving while impaired.
Kania was in Superior Court Tuesday morning, but the case was continued until January 2016 because the prosecution is waiting for a crash reconstruction report from the Highway Patrol. That report is expected to be available in December.
Kania is accused of underage drinking at multiple bars in Chapel Hill on the night of July 19. Later that night, Kania was involved in a triple-fatal crash that killed Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte. The crash also killed 6-year-old Jahnice Beard of Brooklyn, New York, who was seated in the backseat, and Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte.
Police said Kania was driving the wrong way on I-85 when he struck Harris’ vehicle head on.
“The loss of life is something we take seriously and something the citizens of our county take seriously and we want to make sure he is punished appropriately for the offenses,” said Jeff Nieman, Assistant Orange County District Attorney.
In addition to the criminal charges, Kania is also facing multiple lawsuits from the victims’ family members. They have only spoken publically once.
“We don’t hold malice in our hearts…we are mourning the death of a loved one,” said Bakojo Oguntola, victim’s family member.
Kania posted a $1 million bond and is currently under house arrest.
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