WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A 2-year-old boy was killed following a multi-vehicle traffic accident next to Independence Mall in Wilmington Tuesday morning.
According to officials, a truck rear-ended a vehicle occupied by four people at around 10:45 a.m. at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard.
All four occupants in the vehicle, one of which was the child, were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The child eventually died due to injuries sustained in the crash.
Officials said the truck continued down Independence Boulevard for a short time after the collision and side-swiped another vehicle.
The driver of the truck, 24-year-old Jonathan Alexander Hayes, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said emergency personnel gave Hayes narcan, a powerful drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
Hayes was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving.
The intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard was shut down for nearly three hours as crews worked to clear the scene. Police reopened the intersection just before 2 p.m.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s website, Hayes was convicted of DWI in New Hanover County in Sept. 2012 and was given probation and a suspended sentence. Due to a 2013 conviction on a separate charge, Hayes served six months of that suspended sentence in prison. He was released in April 2014.
Following his stint in prison, Hayes was convicted on Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015 on four counts of larceny. He was given probation and suspended sentences on all four charges.
Hayes was recently arrested on Oct. 15 for attempted breaking and entering. He also has court dates in November for two counts of driving with a revoked license and possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule I controlled substance.