Clemson CB Fred Davis II Arrested After Car Crash; Allegedly Was Driving 115 MPH

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 2, 2021

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Clemson Tigers cornerback Fred Davis II surrendered to police Sunday after being charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, per ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

Per that report, the Clemson Police Department said Davis was driving his Dodge Charger 115 mph "in a 55-mph speed zone when he crashed his car into the rear of a mail carrier's truck" on July 21.

The mail truck then flipped over into oncoming traffic, causing two other vehicles to crash as they tried to avoid the mail truck. The mail carrier was seriously injured in the crash.

"This willful and wanton action severely limited his ability to navigate safely through traffic and caused Davis to lose control of his vehicle prior to the collision," Clemson police said in a statement. "The injuries the mail carrier sustained in this crash are severe and will require months or longer for recovery."

While South Carolina law does not currently allow for increased penalties in reckless driving cases that result in severe injury, Schlabach noted that such a bill is being considered in the state legislature. 

Clemson Police Chief Jorge Campos appeared to be advocating for the passage of that bill in his remarks on the situation. 

"These egregious and aggressive driving acts that result in serious injury to another need to have appropriate penalty," he said. "In most cases, the injured suffer much pain, multiple medical procedures, lengthy recovery times, and whose freedom to live life injury free are taken from them. The offender, especially if they are not hurt, currently only have a few hurdles to navigate and get to live life freely, while the injured do not."

Davis, 19, was not injured in the crash. He has been released on bond. 

"Fred Davis remains with the program but will be subject to internal discipline," a school spokesperson told Alexis Cubit and Bristow Marchant of The State. "Grounds for internal discipline for misdemeanor charges like this are covered under the terms of the Clemson Student-Athlete Handbook, which says that the head coach can recommend a course of action, and upon concurrence of the designated (Clemson University Athletics Department) administrator, administer sanctions."

The rising sophomore appeared in 11 games for the Tigers last season and was expected to push for more playing time in the 2021 campaign.