Faith helping family cope with death of Holly Springs jogger
Posted April 28, 2015
Holly Springs, N.C. — 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.