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Car Accident Leads to Damage at Christian Aid Society Cemetery

by | Mar 9, 2018 | Town Information

After making a loop through the cemetery, the vehicle struck several additional grave markers along the fence line before exiting the cemetery.

Police Seek Information

Please Consider Offering Assistance

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson Police Department seeks information in an ongoing investigation of an incident that transpired late on Wednesday, March 7. Here are the details:

The vehicle’s oil pan was evidently cracked open when it struck the base of this grave marker shortly after entering the cemetery.

  1. At 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, Davidson Police Officer Better clocked a vehicle traveling east at 50 miles per hour (mph) along Griffith Street, a street with a speed limit of 25 mph. Officer Better attempted to pursue this vehicle as it went onto Beaty Street, but lost sight of the vehicle and per protocol, ceased his pursuit.
  2. At 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, Davidson College Campus Police found a car matching the description of the vehicle seen by Officer Better damaged and abandoned on Ridge Road.
  3. At 4:00 a.m., the Davidson College Campus Police found damage at the Christian Aid Society cemetery on Ridge Road.

“The Davidson Police Department is conducting an investigation into the owner and driver of the vehicle in this unfortunate incident,” said Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn. “We believe the speeding driver Officer Better attempted to pursue drove from Beaty Street onto Ridge Road, lost control of his vehicle on the dark roadway and in the process, damaged several headstones at the Christian Aid Society cemetery. We appreciate the assistance of Davidson College Campus Police in this investigation.”

The vehicle crashed through the split rail fence to exit the cemetery.

If you have any information related to the owner or driver of the vehicle in this incident, please email Davidson Police Detective Jay Stokes at [email protected] or call 704-892-5131 (main police line) or 704-940-9633 (direct line).

Please Consider Assisting Christian Aid Society

The Christian Aid Society cemetery, located on Ridge Road, sustained damage during this incident, including the destruction of several headstones. If you would like to provide assistance in the form of volunteer hours or monetary contribution, please call Erving McClain, the president of the board of the Christian Aid Society, at 704-896-7729.


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