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Dobbs Eddings, 2, and infant Reed Eddings, killed and their mother Hadley Eddings injured in multi-car crash with commercial truck at Highway 17 and Sloop Loop Point Road in Pender County, North Carolina

Modified Date: 
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:14pm
Accident Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015

DA to release info in fatal Hwy 17 crash that killed newborn, toddler

Gentry and Hadley Eddings, both 28, were involved in the Pender County crash, near Wilmington. More information is expected to come out in the fatal crash that claimed the life of a newborn and toddler in late May on Highway 17. Investigators say a box truck was approaching stopped traffic and failed to stop in time, resulting in a chain-reaction crash.  

Grand jury indicts man in Hwy 17 crash that killed toddler and newborn

Fatal crash on Highway 17 near Sloop Point Loop Road claimed the life of a toddler and newborn in May. The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove the toddler, Dobbs, who died at the scene. The crash happened in May on Highway 17 and Sloop Point Loop Road in Pender County. District Attorney Ben David will release new information regarding the fatal crash Tuesday (Source:WECT) A Pender County grand jury has indicted the man involved in a fatal accident that claimed the life of a toddler and newborn. Matthew Deans, 28, of Wilmington, was indicted Monday on two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Dobbs and Reed Eddings.

3 year old killed in Highway 17 crash in Pender County Saturday

A Saturday afternoon crash in Pender County kills a 3 year old child and injures another on Highway 17.  

Charlotte church leader's toddler killed in wreck, baby critical

Church members and friends are posting their prayers and support on the church's Facebook pages for the South Park and Ballantyne locations. The Go Fund Me website is asking for donations to help in the recovery and in a matter of hours surpassed their $5,000 goal.

Eddings family Go Fund Me page

After the accident, Hadley had an emergency c-section at 8 months pregnant which brought about birth of son, Reed. Given the traumatic nature of circumstances, baby Reed's condition is critical and next few days will provide more information so we desperately ask for your prayer support.

Infant dies days after Charlotte worship leader, family involved in crash that killed brother

A newborn baby, born after his mother was forced to undergo an emergency C-Section following a crash that killed his brother, has died from his injuries. 

Pastor's young son is killed when their car is rear-ended by truck in tragic Memorial weekend crash

Gentry Eddings, a worship leader at Forest Hill Church in south Charlotte, was caravaning back to Charlotte. His pregnant wife, Hadley, was in a separate car with their two-year-old son, Dobbs, when they were hit by a truck.

GoFundMe site for Hampstead wreck victims raises $109,000

A GoFundMe page was set up at to help the Eddings family cover its medical expenses. As of late Tuesday, nearly 2,000 people had contributed more than $109,000 to the fundraiser. 

More charges filed in crash that killed NC church leader's children

The Star-News reports 28-year-old Matthew Deans was charged with two new counts Tuesday night on top of the two charges brought against him Saturday. The new charges include a second count of misdemeanor death by vehicle and a charge of failure to wear a seatbelt, said Assistant District Attorney Connie Jordan.

Charlotte brothers killed in crash to be honored through Haitian school

Since the wreck, the church and the community rallied around the Eddings family to ensure that the Dobbs and Reed Eddings Primary School will provide hundreds of children in Haiti with a place to learn.

NC pastor, wife expecting twins after losing sons in deadly crash

"Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful," the post reads. "Now we ask you to add two more (Eddingses) to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" 

Charlotte pastor, wife who lost sons in crash to speak at Gardner-Webb

Gentry and Hadley Eddings will speak about hope and forgiveness in the most unimaginable circumstances.

NC Pastor And Wife Who Lost Sons In Crash Welcome Twins

“We believe there is a lot of hope in our story and it reminds us God is a restorer,” says Gentry Eddings.     

Eddings family who lost two sons in Pender County crash to speak at Coastal Horizons luncheon

Margaret Stargell, President and CEO of Coastal Horizons Center says the Eddings will give an inspiring perspective of the humanity behind the headlines.     

A multi-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 17 and Sloop Loop Point Road when a commercial box truck heading southbound on Highway 17 failed to slow for traffic, causing a crash that involved the truck and 3 other vehicles.  Victims had to be extricated from the first vehicle that was hit in which the deceased child was a passenger. The child's pregnant mother was injured and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she is said to be recovering after an emergency C-section. The baby who was delivered died days later. The truck driver, Matthew Deans, 28, of Wilmington, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed. 
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Hadley Eddings
Dobbs Eddings
Reed Eddings
Matthew Deans
Gentry Eddings

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