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Faith helping family cope with death of Holly Springs jogger

Posted April 28, 2015

— The pastor of a Holly Springs man who died after being struck by a car while jogging said faith is helping the family cope with his death.

Bishop Brian Evans of the Raleigh temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also said the family harbors no hatred for the 18-year-old driver who hit Derek Macrae Davis.

“They bear no ill will to this young man or his family in any way, shape or form,” Evans said. “Rather, they pray for him that he may be comforted, that they may be comforted during this time of tragedy.”

Davis, 37, was jogging and was in the crosswalk at Holly Springs Road and Linksland Drive with his wife on April 20 when he was hit by a vehicle driven by Roberto Carlos Solis-Reyes. Davis died from his injuries about a week later.

Solis-Reyes is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, running a red light, failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, failure to yield causing serious bodily injury, careless and reckless driving, and operating a vehicle with a permit while not being accompanied by a licensed driver.

Solis-Reyes, who was not hurt in the accident, had a first appearance in court Tuesday

Davis was a software engineer at SAS and served as the equivalent of an associate pastor at the temple. He is survived by his wife and their four children, ages 3 to 11.


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  • Kathryn Goe May 2, 2015
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    The writer of this story really needs some education on how to accurately report on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The "pastor" you mention at the beginning of the story is a bishop of the Holly Springs Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Raleigh LDS Temple is separate from church congregations (or "wards"). Just helping out with the terminology. This is a sad and tragic story regardless--especially for the friends and family of the victim. But also a tragedy for the driver, who although was in the wrong, assuredly never had any intention of taking another man's life that day. Please, if you have a teenager, don't ever let them drive without a responsible adult in the car.

  • Angie Cox Apr 29, 2015
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    this story breaks my heart. I pray for peace for the family. I know the young boy must have horrible nightmares and hopefully this will help him and other teens see what happens when they don't follow the law. praying for all involved especially the wife and children.