A Charlotte couple who recently lost two sons in a fatal wreck in Pender County has received an outpouring of support from the community.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to the Eddings family has raised $175,132 as of Friday morning, with more than 3,100 people donating in four days. The support has exceeded the goal to raise $150,000, according to a member of the Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, where the family attends.
Three vehicles occupied by members of Eddings family were hit when a commercial box truck rear-ended an SUV on U.S. 17 at Sloop Point Road at about noon Saturday, May 23, according to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.D. Hendrickson.
The truck reportedly failed to reduce speed and hit the rear of a SUV stopped at the light, which forced the SUV into two vehicles ahead of it, Hendrickson said.
Twenty-seven year old Hadley Eddings, of Charlotte, and her son, 2-year-old son Gentry Dobbs Eddings III, were in the first vehicle hit. They were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Gentry Dobbs Eddings III died on the way to the hospital, Hendrickson said.
Hadley Eddings, who was 37 weeks pregnant, had an emergency cesarean section at the hospital, Hendrickson said. The mother and her newborn son were taken to North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, where the infant died Monday night.
Other members of the Eddings family—the father of the children, 28-year-old Gentry Dobbs Eddings II, and his parents, 59-year-old Gentry Dobbs Eddings and 58-year-old Patricia Eddings—suffered minor injuries in the wreck, Hendrickson said.
The driver of the truck–28-year-old Matthew Deans–had minor injuries, Hendrickson said. Deans has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to reduce speed and failure to wear a seat belt, according to court records. He scheduled to make his next appearance in Pender County District Court on July 30.
More than 60 comments of support have been given to the family on the donation website. Donations can be made to the Eddings family through GoFundMe.com. According to the webpage, all funds donated will be given directly to the family to help with their medical expenses.