‘I love driving high,’ ex-UNC student charged in deadly crash told friend

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The man charged in a deadly wrong-way crash said in a text message that he loved to drive while high, his fraternity brother testified Monday.

He testified the message, which he received about two months before the crash, said, “I love driving high.”

The fraternity brother, Steven Sin, also testified that he has seen Chandler Kania drive while smoking marijuana a number of times.

Kania, a former UNC student, is facing three counts of second degree murder in the Interstate 85 crash that killed three people. He has already pleaded guilty to a number of other charges related to the crash.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Foster said that after the crash, Kania was yelling and cursing at first responders, telling them they needed to help him.

“He was telling firefighters they needed to f***ing help him,” Foster said.

Foster also said that when he arrived at the scene he quickly noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Kania’s jeep.

“I noticed his eyes were red and glassy, his speech was slurred, he spoke quietly when he spoke and he didn’t want to look at me a whole lot,” the trooper testified.

At the same time, a 9-year-old girl, the only survivor in the other vehicle, was still pinned.

The girl was upset and scared, Foster recalled.

He said: “We asked where she was hurt and she said, ‘All over.’”

Darlene McGree, Felecia Harris and Harris’ 6-year-old daughter were pronounced dead at the scene.

Foster said there were no skid marks to indicate Kania had tried to brake before the crash.

Foster also recalled Kania handing him a driver’s license that turned out to be fake.

“He handed that driver’s license up to me, and as I took the driver’s license from him it was like he realized something and he tried to take the driver’s license back,” the trooper said.

The defense painted Kania’s actions after the crash in a different light, eliciting testimony from Foster that Kania was apologetic and considerate after the wreck and repeatedly said he was sorry.

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