A 36-year-old Bennington man now faces five felony charges in connection with a crash that killed a 14-year-old boy.
Before his preliminary hearing Friday, Jeffrey Eggeling had been charged with motor vehicle homicide, DUI causing serious bodily injury and failing to stop and render aid. In court, prosecutors said they had added charges of manslaughter and second-degree assault to the list.
Prosecutors have said Eggeling was going more than 20 mph over the speed limit before running a red light and causing a crash that killed Trevor Canaday and injured Trevor’s father, Bryan Canaday.
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About 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, officials have said, Eggeling was driving a 2011 Ford Escape at 69 mph in a 45 mph zone and ran a red light at 144th and Harrison Streets. The car struck the passenger side of a 1993 Nissan Maxima. The Canadays were in the Maxima.
In court on Friday, Omaha Police Officer Ryan Miller said investigators were able to determine that the gas pedal in the Escape was engaged until a half-second before the crash. Miller said the Escape was traveling at 67 mph at the time of impact.
Eggeling ran from the crash site after the collision, police said. Inside the vehicle, officers found a wallet with Eggeling’s ID, his credit cards, a glass pipe, keys and a small bottle of alcohol, Miller said.
Officers found Eggeling nearby about two hours later. Miller said Eggeling initially told police that his car had been stolen and he was looking for it.
Eggeling later admitted to having driven the vehicle, and his blood alcohol content was 0.103 about 9 p.m., prosecutors have said.
Eggeling has three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and operating a boat while drunk.