Jury hears agonized screams of 9-year-old in moments after wrong-way drunk driving crash

Kania in court. (WNCN)
Kania in court. (WNCN)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Today a jury saw and heard dash-cam video of a 9-year-old in agony moments after a drunk driving crash that killed three people.

Former UNC student Chandler Kania caused the crash by driving the wrong way on Interstate 85 while drinking. He’s already pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from the crash, but has taken three counts of second-degree murder to trial.

In the video the jury saw Wednesday, a 9-year-old girl can be heard crying and screaming immediately after the wreck, as she’s pinned in the car Kania hit.

The girl, Jahnia King, was the only person in the car to survive. Darlene McGee, Felecia Harris and Harris’ 6-year-old granddaughter all were killed.

In the video she can be heard bawling, saying, “It hurts so bad,” several times.

The defense had objected to the introduction of the video, saying it would inflame the jury, but was overruled.

North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. John Collins also testified that Kania broke down crying when Collins told him that he’d killed three people in the crash.

The jury also saw an animation of the head-on collision.

Troopers from the Highway Patrol say Kania drove his Jeep the wrong way on the interstate for at least three miles before the crash.

“At speeds between 70 and 90 miles per hour, he met several oncoming vehicles, but made no attempt to stop, turn around or take one of the four access ramps he had passed,” Trooper Fred Trueblood testified.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday. The defense has declined to present any evidence, and closing arguments are slated to begin Thursday.

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