By Riley Morningstar
CLEMSON — Two days removed from a wreck involving a possible starter for the Clemson football team, Clemson Police Chief Jorge Campos said the investigation “will be long” and he did not expect to release any information “for several weeks.”
The comments come after a Wednesday wreck sent the driver of a U.S. Postal Service truck to an area hospital after reports of a “serious crash.” The accident happened on U.S. Highway 123 in Clemson near Berkeley Drive and U.S. Highway 93 and involved a Dodge Charger.
A spokesman for the Clemson football team confirmed Thursday morning that Fred Davis, of Jacksonville, Fla., was involved in the accident, but that he was not hurt. Davis is a sophomore who played in 11 games last season for Clemson and was a high four-star cornerback recruit for the Tigers. He is projected to be in the two-deep of the team’s depth chart and possibly even a starter when the team opens its season against Georgia in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4.
The preliminary investigation revealed the Charger hit the back of the USPS truck and caused it to flip into the oncoming northbound lanes, according to a news release. The truck went across the lanes, hit a guard rail, rolled over it and came to rest upright on the shoulder of the road.
Campos said the Charger went over the guardrail on the northbound side of the road. Campos said officers and medical personnel provided “lifesaving aid” to those involved, and it appeared “speed was a contributing factor in this crash.”
“These types of crashes are completely avoidable when drivers obey traffic laws and are not distracted,” Campos said at the time. “We pray for the speedy recovery of all who were injured in this crash.”
On Thursday afternoon, The Journal filed a Freedom of Information Act request for all documents and body camera footage collected in the investigation. Under state law, public bodies must respond to a FOIA request in a timely fashion — no longer than 10 business days, unless the requested record is more than 24 months old. The law also requires public agencies to produce requested records within 30 calendar days from the date it initially responds that the request will be fulfilled.
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