Steve Davis was killed in a Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida crash on Sunday, news sources report. Davis, 57, died at the scene. His teen daughter, Katie Davis, was injured but is in stable condition. Two others were injured, though information regarding the their identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. It is unclear whether anyone will be charged or if anyone will file for damages.
Family and friends reportedly indicated that Davis was headed to a 10:00 a.m. church service at Sunset Church of Christ with his teenage daughter, Katie, when the accident occurred. Davis reportedly served as a deacon at the church. His wife was apparently feeling ill that morning and had decided to stay home. Police have not yet confirmed that Davis was the one involved in the crash, but members of his church identified him to the press, sources say.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 9:40 Sunday morning at the intersection of Southwest 117th Avenue and Southwest 72nd Street in Southwest Miami-Dade. The intersection is regulated by a red light. Sources say two cars, including Davis’s car, were stopped at the light on Southwest 117th Avenue in the northbound lanes.
Two other cars were driving towards the light, approaching the stopped cars from behind. One of the moving cars, which reportedly carried a driver and a teenage passenger, lost control and crashed into the other moving car, sources say. Members of Davis’ church purportedly said the driver may have had a medical emergency, “We understand the person driving had a seizure and just kind of locked up and [his] foot went down… on the accelerator,” a minister reportedly told the press. This has not been confirmed by officials.
The vehicle that was struck crashed into the two cars stopped at the red light. “[Davis’s] car flipped all the way over. Katie was smelling gasoline and felt like she needed to get out of the car because she was afraid,” a minister at Sunset Church of Christ Elder told the press. Davis sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene, sources say, though police have not yet confirmed that Davis was the one who died in the crash. Davis’s daughter was reportedly injured and rushed to the hospital; she is in stable condition.
The driver and passenger in the car that lost control were injured as well; they are in stable condition, reports say. It is unclear whether anyone else was injured.
“I know of no one that had greater faith than Steve,” Sherrill Hudson, a fellow churchgoer, reportedly said following the accident. “We lost one of the real rocks of our congregation. Their family and church family will help get them through this.”
Medical conditions are responsible for hundreds of car accidents every year. Deerfield Beach resident Everett L. Glass was killed in a crash Friday when he lost control of his car due to a medical issue, sources report. His passenger, 53-year-old Shawana G. Souffrant, sustained minor injuries. So far, it is unclear what medical condition caused the accident.
According to reports, the incident took place around 2:45 Friday afternoon on an Interstate 95 exit ramp leading to Palmetto Park Road. Glass was exiting the highway in his 2003 Jaguar S-Type when a medical issue caused him to lose control of his car, sources say. Glass’s car reportedly left the ramp and struck a light pole.
Glass and Souffrant were taken to the Boca Raton Community Hospital. Sadly, Glass died of his injuries at the hospital, sources indicate. Souffrant sustained minor injuries; an update on her condition was not immediately available at press time. An investigation appears to be ongoing.