Sarah Hyland’s teenage cousin was killed by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday, the actress revealed on social media over the weekend.
Trevor Canaday, Hyland’s 14-year-old cousin, was on his way to a show choir meet-up with his father, Bryan Canaday, when they were involved in an accident with a man who was driving under the influence, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
Jeffrey Eggeling is suspected of running a red light and colliding with the Canadays' car, the World-Herald reports.
Trevor Canaday was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and the high school freshman later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, according to the outlet. His father Bryan was in “fair condition” as of Monday, a spokesperson for the Nebraska Medical Center told the outlet.
Eggeling, who was not injured during the collision, fled from his vehicle following the crash, police said, according to the outlet.
Authorities were eventually able to find the 36-year-old driver and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, the outlet says.
His blood alcohol concentration had reached a staggering .103 at the time of the accident, according to police reports obtained by People.
The “Modern Family” actress confirmed the death of her cousin on Twitter on Sunday.
“Yesterday my 14-year-old cousin was killed by a drunk driver named Jeffrey Eggerling (sic). My Uncle is in the hospital awaiting more surgeries. PLEASE keep your prayers with my family during this horrific time. And please DONATE,” she wrote alongside a link to an online fundraiser.
Hyland continued to call Eggeling out by name in a second tweet, but misspelling the suspect’s name again.
“JEFFERY EGGERLING (sic) 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,” she wrote. “JEFFERY EGGERLING is a murderer. May he rot in hell.”
Eggeling had previously been convicted twice for driving while under the influence, according to court documents obtained by the World-Herald.
Due to Trevor Canaday’s death, Eggeling may face additional charges related to Saturday’s collision.
Following Hyland’s social media posts, a number of commenters began criticizing Hyland for asking for donations from her followers. She seemed to address the backlash in two tweets, writing in one, “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.”
“You guys finally did it. Your horrible negative ignorant words have broken me. Happy? Staying offline for a while,” she wrote in a second tweet.
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