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Man is arrested after Omaha teen is killed, father critically injured in collision near 144th and Harrison

Man is arrested after Omaha teen is killed, father critically injured in collision near 144th and Harrison

A 36-year-old Bennington man who allegedly ran from a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a teen’s death Saturday was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Clifford Canaday, 59, and his son Trevor Canaday, 14, of Omaha, were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition with head injuries after the crash about 5:30 p.m. near 144th and Harrison Streets.

Trevor Canaday, a freshman at Millard South High, later died from his injuries, according to a statement released Sunday by the school. A hospital spokesman said Clifford Canaday was in fair condition Monday.

Millard South Principal Heidi Weaver, in an email to parents and students, said crisis counselors would be available at the school all day Monday.

"Trevor was smart and funny," Millard Public Schools said Monday in a press release. "A good student with a great sense of humor, he was nice to everyone. Trevor was on the Millard South freshman football team and always gave a thousand percent in practice. He was also a valued member of the varsity show choir.

"Trevor attended Neihardt Elementary School and Andersen Middle School and was a current 9th-grader at Millard South High School," the district's statement said. "His friends and teachers throughout our Millard community are heartbroken. Our thoughts are with his parents and sisters."  

Investigators determined that Clifford Canaday was driving a 1993 Nissan Maxima that was turning east onto Harrison Street from southbound 144th Street when a northbound 2011 Ford Escape ran a red light at Harrison Street and collided with the Nissan.

The driver of the Ford, Jeffrey Eggeling, left his vehicle at the scene and ran away, police said.

The collision caused Trevor Canaday to be ejected from the Nissan. It’s not known if he was wearing a seat belt.

Eggeling was found by officers and arrested on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Eggeling was uninjured.

A search of court records found that Eggeling has two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. He was being held at the Douglas County Jail.

The Douglas County attorney will decide on additional charges Monday, according to police.

A Go Fund Me page set up for funeral and medical expenses for the Canaday family showed the effort already had exceeded its $25,000 goal. 

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