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DPS continues crash investigation


By Josh Garcia
Posted on January 28, 2013 | News, Showcase | Comments Off
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A car accident on highway 36 involving six ACU students on their way to Oplin dance hall resulted in the deaths of 20-year-old Lindsey Smith and 27-year-old Jeffrey Davis. (Optimist photo by Mandy Lambright)

Department of Public Safety officials are still investigating the accident Friday involving six ACU students.

The intersection between TX-36 and Country Road 107 is not lit with street lights, nor is it at a 90 degree angle. Despite this, Sparky Dean, senior trooper and public information officer for the Abilene district, said as long as both vehicles had headlights, visibility should not have been a problem. He also said the site of the crash was not prone to accidents.

“That’s the first fatality since 1993 that we’ve worked at that intersection to my knowledge,” Dean said.

Jeffrey Davis, 27-year-old Abilene resident, drove through a stop sign on Country Road 107 and collided with a truck containing six ACU students being driven by Bo Braddock. Davis and 20-year-old ACU student Lindsey Smith were declared dead at the scene. As per procedure, officers took blood tests from both Braddock and Davis to determine possible drug or alcohol use.

Dean said receiving conclusions from blood tests takes time.

“All they checked for here is alcohol. They will forward that sample to Austin,” he said. “We’re several weeks from getting those test results out.”

While DPS waits for the results, Investigating Trooper Cory “Lance” Outland is working to uncover what caused Davis to disregard the stop sign. Dean said answers are elusive.

“If he’s on that road, I’m assuming he’s familiar with the stop sign. Why he didn’t stop, I don’t know,” Dean said. “That’s something I’m not sure that we’ll ever know for sure about.”

Jeffrey Dane Davis was born on Oct. 8, 1985 in Baytown, according to his obituary in the Abilene Reporter-News. Davis loved the outdoors. He graduated from Cooper High School in 2004 and aspired to be the foreman of his family’s ranch.

Davis is survived by his wife Jennifer and two children Jayton and Jeslyn. A funeral was be conducted Tuesday at Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith at 11 a.m.

Melany Cox and Joshua Garcia contributed to this report.

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