Wrong-way I-85 wreck kills Charlotte woman

(Raleigh) News & Observer

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 from 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 identify the front-seat passenger Sunday evening pending notification of next of kin, Gordon reported.

The two-vehicle accident happened around 3 a.m. on I-85 and the I-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 took Kania to UNC hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Gordon reported.