Former UNC student pleads guilty in I-85 wreck that killed 3

Credit: WNCN
Credit: WNCN

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A former UNC-Chapel Hill student charged in a wrong-way collision that killed two adults and a 6-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case.

Local media outlets report 21-year-old Chandler Michael Kania of Asheboro pleaded guilty in an Orange County court on Monday to multiple charges, including felony serious injury by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and possession of alcohol by a minor.

A trial for Kania on three counts of second-degree murder will proceed this week.

The N.C. Highway Patrol says Kania was driving north in the southbound lanes near the split of Interstate 85 and Interstate 40 in Orange County on July 19, 2015, when his Jeep Wrangler collided with a Suzuki. In addition to the three people killed, a 9-year-old suffered serious injuries.