Taylor Eddings Car Accident, Death – It was a narrative that, in the words of the District Attorney, “ripped out the heart of our community.” After attending a family wedding in Surf City on May 23, 2015, the Eddings family, who were vacationing from Charlotte, decided to travel back to North Carolina. Their joyous weekend was shattered when a box truck crashed into them while they were parked at a signal on Highway 17, and it was the beginning of a horrific chain of events.
Dobbs Eddings, who was just two years old at the time of the accident, was sitting in his car seat when the box truck crashed onto the roof of his vehicle and crushed him. Hadley, his mother, who was eight months pregnant at the time, was flung onto the steering wheel of the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital by emergency medical services, where physicians performed a cesarean section to deliver her baby. Reed Eddings was only able to hold on for two more days until he too passed away as a result of his injuries.
The youthful family of four was reduced to a family of two all of a sudden. The driver of the box truck had spent the morning delivering seafood to clients in Beaufort and Sneads Ferry, and he was on his way back to Wilmington when he ran a red light because he forgot to slow down for the automobiles who were parked in front of him at the signal. According to the investigators, shortly prior to the collision, he was focused downward while eating a sandwich. They did not learn until many hours later that he was most likely also under the effect of narcotics, although they did not know this at the time.