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UNC tennis player to face additional charges

Posted August 28, 2008

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tennis player charged with DWI faces additional charges in connection with a hit-and-run earlier this month.

Chris Kearney, 20, of Irvine, Calif., is expected to be charged Thursday with two counts of felonious serious injury by motor vehicle, Chapel Hill police Lt. Kevin Gunter said.

Police said Kearney's SUV veered off the road in the 200 block of North Columbia Street around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 17, hit a wall and struck two female UNC students walking on the sidewalk.

He registered a blood alcohol level of 0.18, which is more than twice the legal limit for drivers age 21 or older.

Kearney, who according to his attorney, has withdrawn from UNC for the semester, already faces two counts of inflicting personal injury, one count of felony hit-and-run causing personal injury and possessing a fake ID and one count each of driving while impaired and consuming alcohol under the age of 21.

Family members of the victims, Carolyn Anne Kubitschek, 21, of Asheville, and Casey Marie LeSawyer, 21, of Weaverville, say they are expected to miss at least the first semester of their senior year. Both were severely hurt and suffered many broken bones

Kearney was the Atlantic Coast Conference 2007 Freshman Player of the Year. He ranks second on the team for singles and doubles victories and was ranked third nationally among doubles players in fall 2007.


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  • alpha Aug 29, 2008

    Those that live in glass houses should not throw stones

  • alpha Aug 29, 2008

    Focus on these young men, yes, but what about the other side, the bars and people who are serving the alcohol....they should also be held accountable for serving too much and letting these young adults drive.

  • mom2allstar Aug 28, 2008

    MSN93 - I know that they are adults and I know that they shouldn't have to worry about being runned down. All I was asking is that why would they be out so late. Most 21 yr olds that I know are usually asleep at this hour.

  • MSN93 Aug 28, 2008

    "Even though it was not the girls fault, what were they doing out walking on the sidewalk at 2:30 in the morning??"

    These were 21 year old women. They have every right to walk where they want, when they want, without having to worry about a crazy drunk running them down.

  • lgilbert1 Aug 28, 2008

    My dad told me from a young age that once I was 18/out on my own... don't call him to come bail me out of jail. Guess what, I never had to. I'll tell my kids the same thing. Bottom line, you lie in the bed you make and take responsibility.

  • doubletrouble Aug 28, 2008

    I know in my county...they are pretty tough on DWI's, unless you are connected or have endless amounts of cash to spend on high priced lawyers-so us "regular joes" don't get any breaks. Normally once is enough for "normal folks"..they learn their lesson. I will say however, those with multiple arrests for such and are normally driving without insurance anyway...really don't care about jail time. They just don't care. I don't have any problem with someone who likes to drink, as long as they stay put when they do so and hopefully that is in the privacy and protection of their own home. This gentleman made a costly mistake, almost took 2 lives, and lost a potential career to boot. Sad...when all he had to do...was call a cab.

  • dshell99 Aug 28, 2008

    i would NOT be seeing a different tune if it was my kid. i'd be beating their behinds! and then doing what i can to help the families of my kid'd idioticy. i've NEVER seen such LAX drunk driving laws ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY as i have HERE in NC. what is WRONG with chapel hill?! give the kid 8-15yrs, 1000hrs of community service, revoke his license til his 5yrs of probation are served, but only after he commits himself to AA. ppl don't learn a thing in this state when it comes to drinking and driving. who's leg do i have to hump around here to make sure you guys get it?!

  • Wolfpack7070 Aug 28, 2008

    I actually think that they are being too hard on this kid. He is not even 21 years old yet and is still a kid. Kids make mistakes. If this was your son you would all be singing a different tune.

  • mom2allstar Aug 28, 2008

    Even though it was not the girls fault, what were they doing out walking on the sidewalk at 2:30 in the morning??

    I am not blaming them for this and I hope they have a speedy recovery and I also hope they punish this kid so that he realizes what he has done to not only his life, but the girls' lives.

  • ljcs357 Aug 28, 2008

    i guess ty lawson's problem doesnt seem too bad to anyone now huh? he didnt hit anyone he just played loud music!!!!!!!

    You would think they the same people that were hurling insults at Ty Lawson for drinking a couple beers would be back on here to do the same to this guy who was blitzed and nearly killed 2 people ....apparently not