Drunken-driving suspect will be charged with motor-vehicle homicide in wreck that killed student

Drunken-driving suspect will be charged with motor-vehicle homicide in wreck that killed student
Jeffrey Eggeling

A 36-year-old Bennington man who is accused of being intoxicated when he ran from a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a teen’s death will be charged with motor-vehicle homicide.

Jeffrey Eggeling faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of motor-vehicle homicide with a prior arrest for driving while intoxicated, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Tuesday. Court records show that Eggeling has two prior convictions for DUI.

Kleine said Eggeling also will be charged with causing bodily injury and leaving the scene of a personal injury collision. He is being held at the Douglas County Jail and will make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Investigators said Clifford Bryan Canaday, 59, and his son Trevor Canaday, 14, of Omaha, were in a Nissan Maxima turning east onto Harrison Street about 5:30 p.m. Saturday from southbound 144th Street when a northbound 2011 Ford Escape driven by Eggeling ran a red light. The Escape collided with the Nissan. The father and son were both taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, where Trevor, a Millard South student, died.

A hospital spokesman said the elder Canaday, who was driving the Nissan, was listed in fair condition Tuesday. Eggeling ran from the scene, police said, but was later located.

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