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Driver in Selma store crash won't face charges

Posted October 21, 2008

— A man who Selma police say crashed his pickup truck into a Selma convenience store Monday afternoon won't face charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Jerry Davis, of Kenly, had a diabetic reaction while driving, authorities said, which led to his truck hitting two vehicles on U.S. Highway 301 before slamming into the Lighthouse Food Mart convenience store.

Five people, including Davis, suffered minor injuries.

Police said damage to the store is estimated to be about $60,000. Damage to the vehicles Davis' truck hit hit is about $40,000, they said.

No customers were in the store at the time.

Monday was the second time in a year that a vehicle crashed into the Lighthouse Food Mart. In December, a tractor-trailer hit it. The store had recently completed repairs from that crash.


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  • Starling Oct 21, 2008

    Hopefully this is an isolated incident for Mr. Davis and will never happen again. If everything checks out for Mr. Davis medically, then I see no reason for him to stop driving. Of course, that will be determined by someone other than us. How do any of us know when something will happen within our bodies? It could be something like suddenly falling asleep at the wheel.

  • f6rider Oct 21, 2008

    I would imagine Mr. Davis is considering hanging up his car keys, I expect I would be after an event like that. Someone could have easily been killed, next time someone may be, if there is a next time.

  • my voice Oct 21, 2008

    let me rephrase my previous comment.
    I know Mr. Davis. He is so upset about the crash and wants to apologize to everyone THAT WAS INVOLVED!

  • luvdolphin2 Oct 21, 2008

    I would imagine that Mr Davis has gone through medical examination and analysis as a result of this accident. The mere fact that the article states that the driver won't face charges lets us know that law enforcement has received the proper documentation and/or proof to verify that a medical condition caused this accident, therefore if Mr Davis has been deemed as a danger to society, his driving privileges will most likely be revoked.

    Diabetes affects everyone differently and there have been thousands of documented cases where a person didn't know they were diabetic until they had a diabetes related "episode" of some kind for the first time ever. This could have very well been what happened to Mr Davis.

    That being said, let's leave the decision of Mr Davis' "driving rights/privileges" those who are qualified and appointed to make that call.

  • Scrofula Oct 21, 2008

    "I know Mr. Davis. He is so upset about the crash and wants to apologize to everyone."

    Ne need not apologize. Nothing I have said, and I believe the others would agree, is intended to be judgmental of Mr. Davis in any way. We're just saying that a dispassionate evaluation of risk is necessary before anyone can be allowed behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and that evaluation must prefer the well being of the many to that of the one.

  • twc Oct 21, 2008

    betterplace, I'm for keeping emotions out of the decision also. I wish the best for him. And it may very well be that this is an isolated incident.

    What I am saying is that for his own well being and the well being of others that he makes sure he is able to operate a motor vehicle.

    I'm sure he would feel a lot worse if he had killed someone. We can't avoid all risks but we certainly should try to prevent them when possible.

  • my voice Oct 21, 2008

    I know Mr. Davis. He is so upset about the crash and wants to apologize to everyone.

  • Scrofula Oct 21, 2008

    "And based on that privilege, if we are going to ban one because of a reaction, my original post still stands. Ban them all - not just one. Same concept."

    That assumes that all conditions represent the same degree of risk, which is erroneous. A person with high blood pressure may be at more or less risk of being a danger than someone with diabetes, or someone with glaucoma.

    The risks to the larger public have to be weighed against the impact to the individual, and when those risks can justifiably be shown to be excessive, I have no problem with revoking the privilege. It's a little misguided to say that everybody should be judged under the same criteria though, since everybody's health situation is different, and must individually be judged accordingly.

  • betterplace Oct 21, 2008

    Folks.. put aside your emotions and deal with the issue. When you say stop driving, what are you suggesting him ? Walk all the way to the grocery store inspite of the medical/old age condition ? Remember public transports are not everywhere and many are just living alone, abandoned by our own fellowmen. Now, am not supporting them to drive. Just that there is no easy solution to this problem. Put yourselves in the driver's shoes and think.

  • twc Oct 21, 2008

    emilypaige, that's why DMV has examining stations. Not everyone is qualified to drive.