Family mourns teen killed in drunken hit and run

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The family of the 14-year-old Millard South student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend is sharing their pain and a message for the man who took their child's life.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 near 144th and Harrison.

Investigators said Clifford Canaday, 59, who goes by Bryan, was turning east onto Harrison from 144th St. when Jeffrey Eggeling, 36, ran a red light and crashed into the Canadays' vehicle.

Trevor Canaday, who was a passenger, was thrown from the vehicle. Both father and son were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

There has been no official comment on whether Trevor was wearing a seatbelt, but his cousin, famous actress Sarah Hyland, said in a tweet that he was.

Eggeling fled the scene. He was eventually apprehended. He was uninjured, and it was determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Canaday family eventually had to make the decision to remove Trevor from life support.

"We had to make the decision that no one has to make, especially when you are a mom. When you bring your baby into the world and you have to make the decision to let them go. So, we contacted a priest and they came out at 3 a.m. Trevor got his wings," mother Becky Canaday said.

The mother and her daughter, Zoee were emotional as they spoke to media on Monday.

"This shouldn't happen to anyone ever again. People have to be aware. They can't make these decisions to ruin people's lives," Becky said.

Trevor's sister voiced her anger at the drunk driver.

"He needs to go away forever," Zoee said. "It's not fair that someone so careless and so selfish can take my little brother away from me."

Becky said that her son is her motivation in sharing the family's pain.

"The strength... it comes from a love for Trevor and anger at how to try to get a message across, just to say 'Why? Can you look me in the eyes and give me a reason why you think this was the right decision to make?'" the mother said.

The family said Bryan is doing well and they expect him to go home on Friday.

Trevor's friends took to Twitter to talk about how much they would miss their classmate, teammate and show choir friend. They said that many students traveled to Millard South over the weekend to be together and remember the teen.

One friend said on Twitter that students planned to wear pink, red and Husker gear to school on Monday to honor his memory.

Eggeling is in the Douglas County jail. He is facing two charges of driving under the influence and one count of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury or death.

On Tuesday, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine charged Eggeling with Motor Vehicle Homicide with a DUI Prior Conviction; DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident Resulting in Death. All are felonies.

Eggeling is due in court for a bond setting on Wednesday.

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