Police have charged a local doctor after a crash killed one person in south Charlotte on May 31, 2012. Dr. Barry Davis, 35, was held and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. Dr. Davis is completing his residency at Carolinas Medical Center. The accident happened around 5:15 p.m. on Rea Road just north of Pineville-Matthews Road. According to police records, Dr. Davis was heading south on Rea when his vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, striking a Blue Max dump truck driven by 58-year-old Richard Gaddy. The impact of that collision caused the dump truck to cross the center line and crash head on with 47-year-old Edward Miller. Mr. Miller remained trapped in his car until paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police also indicated that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the accident.
Dr. Davis worked a 12 to 13 hour shift on the day of the crash. Officials said it’s unclear whether he fell asleep or not, but fatigue is probably a factor. “It would not be uncommon at all for a general surgery resident to work a 12 to 13 hour shift. That clearly would be within the guidelines,” said Dr. Mark Malangoni with the American Board of Surgery. How sad and ironic that a physician training to save lives has now ended one because of the demands of that very same training.
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