2nd Chapel Hill bar linked to fatal crash reaches deal with regulators

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Chandler Kania
Chandler Kania in a booking photo.
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CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) -- A second Chapel Hill bar allegedly connected to a triple-fatal DWI crash on I-85 has agreed to a deal with regulators on alcohol violations.

A spokesperson with the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said the bar "He's Not Here" has agreed to the offers in compromise for the three pending violations which include a requirement for at least 21 days of active suspension and possible total penalty of $15,000 for the three cases.

The deal still has to be approved by the ABC Commission.

One of the alleged violations is failing to determine the age of 20-year-old UNC student Chandler Kania before serving him alcohol on July 19, 2015.

Chandler Kania appears in an Orange County Court Thursday, July 23, 2015.

A second bar, La Rez, which also served Kania that night, agreed in December to a fine and license suspension.


Prosecutors say Kania was drunk when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 85 in the southbound lanes before hitting a car head-on with his Jeep near Exit 163.

PHOTOS: I-85 crash

Three people in the other car: Darlene McGee, 46, of Charlotte, her friend Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte, and Harris' granddaughter Jahnice Beard, 6, of Brooklyn, New York, were killed.

Darlene McGee, Felecia Harris and Jahnice Beard
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Another 9-year-old child suffered critical injuries.

Kania is currently out of jail on a $1 million bond. He's facing several charges including three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of felony death by motor vehicle, and one count of felony serious injury by motor vehicle.

Troopers said he was carrying a fake ID that said he was 21.

If convicted on all charges, Kania faces 40 to 50 years in prison.

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