Toddler killed in accident, driver charged with DWI

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A car accident at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard has killed 2-year-old Mason Richardson.

Wilmington police say Jonathan Alexander Hayes, 24, rear-ended a car carrying four people, including the child.  All four were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police say Hayes did not immediately stop.

Police say Hayes then sideswiped another truck and then came to a stop further down the road on Independence. He is charged with DWI,  felony death by motor vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“I mean this is the most heart breaking outcome of driving while impaired,” Wilmington Police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay said. “It’s a real danger to the citizens here. Obviously, everybody knows not to do it, but here’s a result of what could happen when you drive while you’re impaired.”

Police said the fire department and EMS each had to give Hayes Narcan at the scene.

Hayes also has previous charges according to court records. Hayes is charged with DWLR impaired REV and driving left of

Jonathan Hayes Previous arrest (Photo: VINELink)

Jonathan Hayes Previous arrest (Photo: VINELink)

center. He is also charged with another DWLR impaired REV. He is charged with breaking or entering and a felony possession with intent to sell a scheduled substance.

Hayes has minor injuries.

The three adults in the car with the child also had minor injuries.

Police closed off the intersection for their investigation.

It could remain closed until at least 1:30 p.m.


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