A Carolinas Medical Center doctor won’t serve time in jail for his part in a south Charlotte car crash that killed a 47-year-old man in 2012.
Barry Duval Davis, a 36-year-old medical resident at CMC, pleaded no contest to unsafe movement on Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors. He was fined $100.
Davis was originally charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in May 2012 when his SUV crossed the center line on Rea Road and struck a dump truck. That truck in turn smashed head-on into a car driven by Charlotte resident Edward Gillespie Miller, who was killed.
Family members of Miller were not unhappy with the plea deal, defense attorney George Laughrun said.
“They were not out for vengeance,” Laughrun told the Observer. “When the district attorney offered the plea, they were fine with that.”
Laughrun said the crash, which happened at about 5:25 p.m. on May 31 in the 4500 block of Rea Road, occurred after Davis dozed off behind the wheel.
The doctor had just worked a 12-hour shift, the defense attorney said. There was no evidence he had been drinking, speeding or texting while driving.
Miller was headed home from his job at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated in SouthPark when the dump truck struck his car. In the days after the crash, relatives described Miller as a businessman who was devoted to his wife and two daughters.
The victim’s family members did not show up in court Friday to watch Davis’ plea. Laughrun said Davis’ parents and wife were there to support him.
The N.C. Medical Board shows Davis was issued his medical license in 2008 after graduating from medical school at Ross University, located on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
“His first creed in his profession is to do no harm,” Laughrun said. “To go in today and have to admit that was a real sobering moment for him.”
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