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Driver accused of killing Belhaven football player admits to being impaired

Source: Belhaven University Athletic Dept Source: Belhaven University Athletic Dept
Reginald Davis Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff's Dept Reginald Davis Source: Rankin Co. Sheriff's Dept
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT

Authorities said the driver of the blue pickup, that struck and killed a Belhaven University football player, admits to drinking and driving.

Trey Rich, the 26-year-old senior and football player, was killed on Christmas Eve night when he was riding his bicycle home from work.

Rankin County Deputies said 29-year-old Reginald Davis told deputies he was impaired when he hit Rich.

Friday night the Rankin County Sheriff's Office was reconstructing the deadly scene that took Rich's life. 

Rich was riding his bike home from his job at FedEx on Old Highway 49 in Richland Christmas Eve night when his life was suddenly taken.

Rachel Gari says, "He was a real gentleman. He loved to talk about his family a lot and he really loved his mom."

Gari was a friend and classmate of Rich. She says he was a standout not only on the Belhaven football field, but as a person. 

Gari says, "I knew the kind of hardworking person he was. He was very dedicated to his job and his team. He was very disciplined, waking up early for practice. I really admired that. His work ethic was awesome."

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said there were signs Davis was driving drunk when he hit the victim.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey said, "That evening we called investigators out got a search warrant for the suspect. Went to the hospital and served that search warrant. We got the blood and that blood will be submitted to the state crime lab."

After allegedly striking Rich, Davis was hospitalized, but according to hospital officials, is no longer a patient at UMMC.

Bailey said Davis was arrested in 2011 and charged with grand larceny theft of a vehicle.

Bailey also said, "We've already briefed the district attorney, Michael Guest on this case and he's going to be involved in it. Of course everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but if the gentleman driving the truck was under the influence of alcohol we'll make the best case we possibly can and get a DUI death conviction on the suspect.

Gari adds, "It's going to be very hard without him around."

Friday Sheriff Bailey said his team was investigating and re-constructing the fatal wreck.

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