Sarah Hyland's 14-year-old cousin killed by alleged drunk driver; actor donates $1,000 to GoFundMe page and asks fans to help
Hyland asked all her six million followers on Instagram to help her family out with medical and funeral expenses after she shared the news of 14-year-old Trevor's death online
'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland's 14-year-old cousin was killed by an alleged drunk driver. On December 2, the actor shared the heartbreaking news of his death on her Instagram stories. She wrote along with a picture of her cousin: "This is my 14-year-old cousin Trevor. Yesterday, he was killed by a drunk driver. My Uncle is still in the hospital in need of more surgeries". She also asked all her six million followers on the site to help her family out with medical and funeral expenses.
Hyland shared a link to the GoFundMe page that the family has set up where they have raised more than $25,000 for all the expenses.
The 28-year-old star, who was recently able to successfully renegotiate her 'Modern Family' paycheck to more than $100,000 per episode, donated $1,000 to the page. Her new paycheck now earns her around $2.5million for each season.
Ariel Winter, Hyland's on-screen sister, also shared the fundraising page to support her co-star. She also donated $2,500 to the cause under the donor name of Ariel Workman. Meanwhile, local authorities have identified that the suspect in the tragedy is Jeffrey Eggeling from Bennington, Nebraska.
Hyland named the suspect in one of her Instagram stories but incorrectly spelled his name as "Jeffery Eggerling". The 36-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly ran from the scene of the crash. She wrote in the post: "Jeffery Eggerling took a 14-year-old boy's life. Jeffery Eggerling hit my Uncle's Car so fast my cousin (who was wearing a seatbelt) was ejected from the car. Jeffery Eggerling has two prior DUI's. He also tried to RUN from the scene of the crime. Jeffery Eggerling is under arrest and I hope to God he spends the rest of his life in prison (sic)."
The 'Modern Family' star only recently returned from a romantic trip to the British Virgin Islands with her boyfriend Wells Adam. According to Omaha World-Herald, investigators have concluded that Trevor and his father were driving in Omaha, Nebraska, in the family's 1993 Nissan Maxima when a 2011 Ford Escape jumped a red light and ran right into them.
Authorities said that the driver of the Ford "left his vehicle at the scene and fled" and that he was uninjured after the crash. The publication was also able to confirm that a search through court records found that Eggeling already had two previous convictions for driving around while drunk.
Trevor's GoFundMe page has described him as "a funny, smart, innovative, athletic, goofy kid" who was "so loved". The page also claimed that he had been on his way to a show choir with his father when the crash took place. The description read: "His dad, Bryan, is recovering physically, but sadly Trevor has gained his wings and is singing and playing some crazy football in heaven."