Newborn dies after Pender Co. crash that killed toddler


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In a news release from a church spokesperson, we’ve learned the baby born after a deadly crash that killed his two-year-old brother has also died.

Stacey Martin with the Forest Hill Church in the Charlotte area said Reed Eddings died Monday at the UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. He was delivered via emergency C-section at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after his family was injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 17 on Saturday. Reed’s older brother, Dobbs, was pronounced dead on scene. Parents Gentry and Hadley were injured; officials say Gentry has now been released from the hospital.

“Gentry went down last week to do the wedding of his sister, Amber, and the whole family was there,” explained Pastor David Chadwick to the congregation on Sunday. “The back seat was like an accordion. Hadley was 37 weeks pregnant with a little boy by the name of Reed.”

Matthew Blair Deans (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff's Office)

Matthew Blair Deans (Source: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Gentry Eddings was a pastor at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte. Hadley taught preschool classes at the church. To see more coverage from that area, click here for reports from WSOC-TV.

The spokesperson said there’s no plans on memorial services at this point. A page has been setup to help the family cover medical and funeral costs. Click here for that information. That page had a goal of $100,000 which was met Tuesday in the early afternoon hours. Sneads Ferry resident Dana Bishop said the crash has touched the lives of people across the state.

“The family physically, mentally, spiritually has to re-build, has to find a new normal, has to mourn their children and get healthy and then there is non-stop bills,” Bishop said. “They have bills to pay and everything and now their children are gone. That’s tragic.”

Matthew Deans, 28, is facing charges including misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed. Troopers said he crashed a delivery truck into Gentry Eddings’ vehicle, which caused the chain-reaction crash.  His next court date is scheduled for July 30.

There’s no word whether additional charges will be filed, but District Attorney Ben David said a couple of recent laws could affect the case. One law requires a blood sample to be drawn two hours within the crash. The other is called “Lily’s Law.” That allows prosecutors to charge someone with murder if their actions caused injury t oan unborn child who later died after birth.

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