Charlotte doctor charged after Coca-Cola exec. dies in crash

Barry Davis Courtesy Meck. Co. Jail
Barry Davis Courtesy Meck. Co. Jail

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte doctor is facing charges for his involvement in a crash that killed a Coca-Cola executive and shut down a major south Charlotte artery Thursday afternoon.

According to investigators, 35-year-old Barry Duval Davis, a third-year medical resident at Carolinas Healthcare System, was driving along the 4900 block of Rea Road when he drove in front of a dump truck, hitting the front left of his vehicle. The incident happened around 5:24 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigators say Davis hit the Blue Max dump truck, causing it to cross the center lane and strike a 2002 Jaguar X-type head on.

That Jaguar was being driven by 47-year-old Edward Gillespie Miller. He was killed on impact, according to investigators.

Police still don't know what caused Davis to cross into the other lane. Police say he was driving home after finishing up a 12-hour shift at the hospital. CMC-Main would not comment if Davis was working more hours than the 12 police reported. Some have said Davis may have been sleeping behind the wheel, but police tell WBTV there is no evidence to support Davis was asleep at the wheel at the time of the accident.

The victim Miller was a Compensation Director with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC). He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

On Friday, executives sent out an email to employees at CCBCC saying "thoughts and prayers are with Ed's wife Sharon, daughter's Brittany and Erica, his extended family, friends, and his many colleagues at CCBCC."

They say Miller was "loved and respected by everyone he touched, and he will be sorely missed by all."

Barry Davis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and was being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

He has since been released on a $2000 bond.

Investigators, who closed Rea Road for hours between Colony Road and Highway 51, say so far speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in this crash. But police add after the investigation is complete it could show speed played a role.

Neighbors say drivers often speed along Rea Road.

"People go super fast," Neighbor Sara Hart said. "And they tail you and you."

The dump truck driver was not injured in the deadly collision. He has been identified as 58 year old Richard Gaddy.

The narrow stretch of road is set to be upgraded soon by the Charlotte Department of Transportation when crews will add a median and bike lanes.

The road will also be leveled to eliminate the dips that make it a challenge for cars to see other cars.

Construction is set to begin sometime in June or July.

"Looking forward to it," Neighbor Charles Crandon said. "Even though during the construction it will be disruptive, the end result will be good for everybody."

The project will last a little more than two years and will cost $22.5 million.

"I think having the median and a two lane road make it a little wider," Hart said. "There are a lot of bicyclists and it's very difficult, a very narrow area."

This crash is under investigation by the Major Crash Investigation Unit of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. Any witnesses are being asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at (704) 336-8862.

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