Man accused in crash that killed 2-year-old receives $59 million bond

Jonathan Alexander Hayes is accused of rear-ending a vehicle in Wilmington Wednesday.  (WECT)
Jonathan Alexander Hayes is accused of rear-ending a vehicle in Wilmington Wednesday. (WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The man accused of causing an accident near Independence Mall that killed a 2-year-old boy was given a $59 million bond during his first court appearance Wednesday.

Authorities say Jonathan Alexander Hayes rear-ended a stopped car that was occupied by the victim, Mason Richardson, his parents and brother at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard at around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Jonathan Hayes makes his first court appearance. (Source: WECT)
Jonathan Hayes makes his first court appearance. (Source: WECT)

Both the victim and his brother were riding in car seats at the time of the crash, which crushed the back right corner of the car.

The boy was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and was later pronounced dead. His mother and brother were still in the hospital a day later, but are expected to survive.

Hayes continued driving down Oleander Drive about the length of a football field and side-swiped another vehicle in the process.

Emergency responders used narcan, a drug used to reverse heroin overdoses, on Hayes, who was then taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials said this was the fourth time narcan had been used on Hayes this year.

After his release from the hospital, Hayes was booked in the New Hanover County Jail on charges of second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle, no operators license, reckless driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to records.

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