Three people, including a 6-year-old girl, died early Sunday morning after the car they were traveling in crashed head-on into a Jeep Wrangler traveling the wrong direction on Interstate 85 in Orange County.
Emergency workers rushed a second child who was in the car to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill with serious injuries, Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman with the N.C. State Highway patrol, reported.
The driver, Felicia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, died in the crash. The 6-year-old, Janiece Smith, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was also killed, along with a passenger in the front seat of the Suzuki, Gordon reported. Troopers did not make the name of the front-seat passenger public Sunday evening pending notification of next of kin, Gordon reported.
The two-vehicle accident happened around 3 a.m. on I-85 and the Interstate 40 split, near Hillsborough, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Investigating troopers say that the Wrangler, operated by Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the interstate when it collided head-on into the Suzuki.
Emergency workers transported Kania to UNC hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Gordon reported.
Charges had not been made public Sunday afternoon, but investigators think alcohol was a factor in the crash.
State troopers will complete their investigation and meet with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to discuss charges, Gordon reported.