A North Carolina pastor’s two children were killed in a car accident on the way home from a family wedding this past weekend. Gentry Eddings and his 8-months’ pregnant wife Hadley were driving home in separate cars—Gentry alone and Hadley with their 2-year-old son Dobbs—when a commercial box truck slammed first into Gentry’s car, then into Hadley’s, killing little Dobbs and sending Hadley to a local hospital for an emergency cesarean section in an attempt to save their unborn child. The infant died a few days later.
Gentry is a worship leader at Forest Hill Church in south Charlotte. According to FOX News, the driver of the truck, Matthew Deans, 28 of Wilmington, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed. Additional charges are pending.
Forest Hill’s pastor Rev. David Chadwick said that the hearts of the entire congregation were with the Eddings. “Gentry and Hadley are beloved by us all. He is a man of enormous integrity,” Chadwick said in a statement. “They both possess a deep faith. But it will be challenged in the days and weeks to come like no other time. … There are no words to describe how sad they feel now … No parent should have to lose a child, much less two, so young.”
A GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised over $158,000 at the time of this writing.