Baby born by C-section after crash dies
Posted May 26, 2015
HAMPSTEAD, N.C. — A baby born after his mother had to undergo an emergency C-section following a crash that killed his brother has died.
Multiple media outlets report Hadley and Gentry Eddings were involved a traffic accident Saturday on U.S. 17 near Wilmington. According to investigators, a commercial box truck was approaching stopped traffic and failed to stop in time, leading to a chain-reaction crash.
Gentry Eddings was in a separate vehicle from his wife and 2-year-old son, Dobbs, who was was killed in the crash.
Stacey Martin, director of communications at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, said Reed Eddings was at 38 weeks when he was delivered at North Carolina Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill. He died of his injuries Monday.
At the time of the accident, the Eddings family was returning from Topsail Island, where Gentry Eddings, a worship leader at Forest Hill Church, had officiated his sister's wedding.
The Forest Hill congregation was notified Tuesday via e-mail from Senior Pastor David Chadwick.
"Gentry and Hadley are beloved by us all...He is a man of enormous integrity. They both possess a deep faith. But it will be challenged in the days and weeks to come like no other time," the pastor wrote.
The district attorney's office says 28-year-old Matthew Deans, the driver of the truck that struck the Eddings' family's car, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
An online donation site set up to help the family had raised more than $100,000 by Tuesday.
Martin said Gentry Eddings was released from the hospital and Hadley is still recovering from her injuries and the C-section.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, seven people were killed in traffic accidents across the state during the Memorial Day weekend.