Twin may face charges for his brother's death

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SHELBYVILLE - One twin is dead and his brother may face charges following an accident early Saturday night in Bedford County, investigators said.

Louis Emerson Davis, 47, of Naron Road, died at the scene when the truck in which he was riding plunged off a culvert and landed on its roof in a creek, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

His brother, Lloyd Davis, 47, also of Shelbyville, suffered minor injuries and refused treatment, according to State Trooper William Spivey. Investigators said Lloyd was driving the truck.

The brothers owned Davis Brothers Motorsports of Shelbyville. The crash was on Midland Road north of Shelbyville.

"I don't know if he drowned or died of his injuries but the only visible injuries we saw were a couple of cuts or scrapes," Spivey said of Louis Davis. "There could have been something going on inside."

Another passenger, who was not named on the accident report and whom Spivey refused to name due to the "nature" of the accident, was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center, the THP said. Spivey said he was uncertain of the extent of his injuries. Bystanders at the scene said the passenger was a stepson of one of the twin brothers.

The accident occurred shortly before 6 p.m., Spivey said.

"The driver was southbound on Midland Road, was negotiating a curve and (the truck) ran off the right side of the roadway and came to rest on its top," Spivey said. "It didn't appear to be a high-speed accident."

Scrape marks could be seen atop a culvert over which the 2003 GMC full-size extended cab truck ran before overturning into the creek, which is approximately 2 to 3 feet deep.

It appeared that seatbelts were in use, Spivey said. Results of alcohol and drug tests are incomplete, according to the trooper, but a Critical Incident Response Team was called from Nashville to investigate and the written report said criminal charges may be pending.