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New charges for driver in deadly Hwy 17 crash

The Eddings family. (Source: WBTV) The Eddings family. (Source: WBTV)
Matthew Deans (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office) Matthew Deans (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office)
Traffic backed up after a multiple-car accident on Highway 17 in Pender County. (Source: WECT) Traffic backed up after a multiple-car accident on Highway 17 in Pender County. (Source: WECT)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Officials have added new charges against the driver of a commercial box truck involved in a crash on Highway 17 in Pender County which resulted in the death of a toddler and a newborn.

According to District Attorney Ben David, the driver of the truck, Matthew Deans, 28 of Wilmington, is now charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, as well as failure to reduce speed and failure to wear a seat belt.

The 911 call came in just after noon Saturday about a multiple-car wreck at the intersection of Highway 17 and Sloop Point Loop Road.

According to Trooper Hendrickson with North Carolina State Highway Patrol, a commercial box truck was traveling southbound on Highway 17. As the truck approached stopped traffic at Sloop Point Loop Road, the driver failed to reduce speed resulting in a chain-reaction crash involving the truck and three other vehicles.

The Jaws of Life were used to remove the toddler, Dobbs Eddings, and his pregnant mother, Hadley Eddings, from the first vehicle hit by the truck. Troopers say Dobbs was killed in the crash.

According to WBTV, Hadley and her husband, Gentry Eddings, who was also involved in the crash, were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Hadley, who was eight months pregnant, gave birth to her new son Reed via caesarian section while in the hospital.

WBTV says Gentry is a worship leader at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, whose pastor says the newborn passed away Monday in Chapel Hill with inoperable injuries.

The church's spokesperson went on to say Gentry has been released from the hospital and Hadley is still recovering from her injuries and C-section.

"We don't know why this happened," said Senior Pastor David Chadwick. "It will be a mystery on this side of eternity. The eternal reason is shrouded in the heart of the heavenly Father. The apostle Paul said we look through a mirror dimly on this side of eternity. In situations like this one, this is especially true."

Crews from the Pender County Sheriff's Office, Pender EMS and Fire and State Highway Patrol responded to the scene that closed the southbound lanes of Highway 17.

The crash is still under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Mobile users can view pictures of the crash here.

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