Driver accused of crash that killed toddler, newborn facing new charges

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The driver accused in the fatal crash that killed a 2-year-old now faces more charges after the child’s newborn brother also died in the incident.

Matthew Deans, 28, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to reduce speed. The second charge of misdemeanor death and failure to wear a seat belt were served last night, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

Dobbs Eddings, 2, died in the crash on US 17 in Hampstead on Saturday. His newborn brother, Reed, died Monday after an emergency C-section following the crash. The children’s parents Gentry and Hadley Eddings were injured in the crash but are expected to make a full recovery, according to a spokesperson from the family’s church. Gentry Eddings is a pastor in Charlotte.

Lt. Jeff Gordon with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Deans was eating at the time of the collision. Gordon added there’s no sign of impairment at this time, but they are awaiting results of a blood test to confirm.

A page set up to help the family through what happened reached its goal of $100,000 in just a few days.

Photo Credit: GoFundMe page

Photo Credit: GoFundMe page

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