A Raleigh attorney released a statement Wednesday from the family of a UNC student charged in the head-on collision that killed three people Sunday in Orange County.
Chandler Kania, 20, of Asheboro and Jahnia King, 9, of Charlotte – the only other survivor – are still being treated for their injuries at UNC Hospitals. Three others – Jahnice Baird, 6, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Felecia Harris, 49, and Darlene McGee, 46, both of Charlotte – were killed instantly.
Kania has been charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, possessing an open container of alcohol, possession of alcohol by a person under age 21 and driving by a person less than 21 years old after consuming alcohol.
More charges, including three pending counts of second-degree murder, could be filed once Kania is released from the hospital, Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall said. The family has been cooperating with authorities, Woodall said.
Tharrington Smith attorney Roger Smith Jr., representing Kania, made a statement Wednesday on behalf of the family.
“The Kania family is absolutely devastated about this tragedy. Their hearts and prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Smith said. “Chandler is fully cooperating with law enforcement and will continue to do so.”
He declined further comment, saying it is too early to talk about details of the case.