A 36-year-old Bennington man was speeding more than 20 mph over the limit before running a red light and causing a crash that killed a 14-year-old boy, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Jeffrey Eggeling has been charged with motor vehicle homicide, DUI causing serious bodily injury and failing to stop and render aid. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 57 years in prison.
About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officials said, Eggeling was driving a 2011 Ford Escape 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 crash killed 14-year-old Trevor Canaday and injured Trevor’s father, Bryan Canaday, who were in the Maxima.
Douglas County Judge Thomas Harmon on Wednesday ordered Eggeling held on $750,000 bail.
Trevor died of blunt force trauma to his head, chest and abdomen, Douglas County prosecutor Ryan Lindberg said. Bryan Canaday, 59, remains at Nebraska Medical Center. He suffered a fractured sternum and facial and internal injuries, Lindberg said.
Eggeling ran from the crash site after the collision, police said. Officers found him nearby about two hours later. Eggeling admitted to have driven the vehicle, and his blood-alcohol level tested at .103 about 9 p.m., Lindberg said.
Eggeling has three prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and operating a boat while drunk.