HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The jury saw previously unreleased photos Tuesday in the trial of a former UNC student who officials said drove drunk and killed three people in collision on Interstate 85 in July 2015.
The photos showed the two mangled vehicles following the July 19, 2015 crash in Orange County.
Chandler Kania is on trial after being charged with three counts of second-degree murder and reckless driving in connection with the crash. Kania had previously pleaded guilty to several other charges.
One image shown to the jury revealed a beer can that had been thrown across the median during the crash.
Kania’a trial has seen testimony from law enforcement who responded to the crash and friends who said they drank with Kania in the hours leading up to the incident.
A forensic scientist testified Tuesday that alcohol and marijuana were found in Kania’s system.
Later lawyer’s argued over whether the jury should be able to hear that a witness who has since died testified that Kania was going 85-90 mph before the crash.
On Monday, North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Steven Foster said 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 (expletive) 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.