Jeffrey Eggerling has been identified as the drunk-driver who allegedly struck and killed the 14-year-old cousin of Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland in Omaha, Nebraska.
According to the Omaha Police Department, 14-year-old Trevor Canaday died on the evening of Saturday, December 1, after Eggerling’s vehicle ran a red light and plowed into the car that Canaday was riding in.
Canaday, who was a freshman at Millard South High, was ejected from the car and suffered fatal injuries to his head, while his father that was driving the vehicle — 59-year-old Clifford Canaday — suffered serious head injuries and was transported to Nebraska Medicine to undergo emergency surgery.
Police say that following the crash, Eggerling left his vehicle at the scene and ran away before he was later found by police.
The 36-year-old Eggerling was booked into Douglas County Corrections and was charged with two counts of DUI causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.
“Yesterday my 14-year-old cousin was killed by a drunk driver named Jeffrey Eggerling. My Uncle is in the hospital awaiting more surgeries. PLEASE keep your prayers with my family during this horrific time.
Jeffery Eggerling had two prior DUI’s and tried to RUN from the scene of the crime after hitting my Uncle’s car SO fast that my 14 yr old cousin, who was wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. Jeffery Eggerling is a murderer. May he rot in hell.
I’d like to ask those who have negative thoughts or opinions about the tragedy that happened to my family, to keep them to themselves. You don’t know all the details. And how dare you attack when a beautiful life has been lost,” Hyland wrote on Twitter following her cousin’s unfortunate death.
Yesterday my 14 year old cousin was killed by a drunk driver named Jeffrey Eggerling. My Uncle is in the hospital awaiting more surgeries. PLEASE keep your prayers with my family during this horrific time. And please DONATE https://t.co/mwlaIvUYrs
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) December 2, 2018
Court records indicate that Eggeling has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.
A GoFundMe fundraiser was created to raise money for Canaday’s funeral expenses. At the time of this writing, the GoFundMe has cleared its goal of $25,000, raising $36,000 thus far.
Hyland is best known for her starring role of Haley Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family.