Jeffrey Eggeling appeared in court in Nebraska on July 2. A court official in Omaha, Nebraska confirmed to RadarOnline.com on Thursday that the 37-year-old man pleaded no contest to motor vehicle homicide and causing serious bodily injury by driving drunk.
As RadarOnline.com reported, the Bennington, Nebraska native was arrested and charged with two counts of DUI serious bodily injury and one count of leaving the scene of a personal injury collision on Dec. 1, 2018 after his vehicle struck another car operated by Hyland’s uncle. The crash took the life of the Modern Family star’s 14-year-old cousin Trevor Canaday.
According to a court clerk, Eggeling is now scheduled to be sentenced on September 19.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Hyland was heartbroken when news broke of her cousin’s tragic passing. The actress took to Instagram and slammed Eggeling for taking a “14-year-old boy’s life.”
The actress – who recently got engaged to Bachelor star Wells Adams – claimed to her nearly 7 million followers that Eggeling “hit my Uncle’s car so fast my cousin (who was wearing a seatbelt) was ejected from the car.”
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Hyland’s uncle also sustained critical injuries as a result of the crash. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page was created to assist the family in covering Trevor’s funeral costs.
Eggeling’s mother spoke to RadarOnline.com just days after the accident and claimed she had no idea who Hyland even is.
According to reports, Eggeling had previously been convicted of two DUIs. He reportedly faces up to 53 years for the crime.