Judge denies bond request for UNC student charged in deadly crash

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – The attorney for a UNC student charged in a triple-fatal crash on Interstate 85 near Hillsborough asked a judge Monday to lower the bond for 20-year-old Chandler Kania.

Kania’s lawyer, Roger Smith Jr., appeared before Orange County Judge Charles T.L. Anderson Monday morning asking for his client’s bond to be lowered from $ 1 million to $250,000. The judge denied Smith’s request as it was presented.

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Smith indicated that Kania was not a flight risk and they were willing to turn over his passport. Smith also indicated that Kania couldn’t really go anywhere with a broken left foot, broken right ankle and a broken left arm. Kania had surgery last Wednesday.

Kania, of Asheboro, is charged with second-degree murder and driving while impaired in the wrong-way crash that killed two women and a 6-year-old child.

Highway Patrol said Kania crashed his Jeep Wrangler head-on into a Suzuki sedan driven by Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte.

Two of the three passengers in Harris’ car were also killed, including 6-year-old Jahnice Beard of Brooklyn, New York, who was seated in the backseat, and Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte.

In court Thursday, the prosecutor said that people who were with Kania the night of the crash said they tried to physically keep him from getting in his Jeep.

Kania graduated from Asheboro High School in 2013. While there, he was student body president, played soccer and tennis as well as swam for his high school. During court, attorneys said Kania had no criminal record and was active in his youth ministry at this church. Kania had dreamed of being a journalist, attorneys said.

Kania’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 10.

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