A serious accident in Clemson on Wednesday left a U.S. Postal Service worker in the hospital in rough shape. We will likely never get an update on the employee’s condition due to privacy laws, but a picture from the crash is worth a thousand words.
It is nothing short of a miracle that Clemson football player Fred Davis was not injured and that no one died. We should all be thankful for that.
But how this accident is being handled by the Clemson Police Department is strange, at best. No real updates have been provided since Wednesday. All we know is no one has been charged and this is going to take a while to sort out, per the police chief — despite a photo from the scene that appears to show Davis holding a pink citation.
One would think they would want to remove even the slightest hint of impropriety investigating a crash, particularly when it involves a key contributor to a top-five college football team. We have heard rumors about what happened leading up to the wreck, but nothing concrete.
The department needs to be transparent. Clemson University officials answered a question we posed and turned it over to city police, as they should have.
Chief Jorge Campos would do well to avoid the mistakes of his past leaders at the Gainesville Police Department in Florida. He served in the department for nearly 30 years at a time when the department came under scrutiny for handling various incidents involving players in the Florida football program under coach Urban Meyer.
It will be important to see what happens when our Freedom of Information Act request is fulfilled and how much is redacted when it’s delivered.
But for now, we can only ask this — If Joe Blow off the street smashed a federal agency’s car and left the employee in the hospital, would there still be a lid on what happened?
We don’t think there would be. That leaves us asking, what really is Chief Campos hiding?