It was about an eight-mile drive to Edward Gillespie Miller's home from his job at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated in Charlotte's SouthPark area.
The 47-year-old father was more than halfway home on Rea Road Thursday evening when a dump truck that had been struck by another vehicle smashed head-on into his car, killing him, investigators said. Police have charged a local doctor in connection with his death.
The crash happened around 5:25 p.m. in the 4500 block of Rea Road, near MacAndrew Drive and about a mile north of Pineville-Matthews Road.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Barry Duval Davis, a 35-year-old medical resident at Carolinas Medical Center, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe south on Rea Road when he drove into the oncoming lane and struck a dump truck.
The impact caused the dump truck to cross the center line and hit the 2002 Jaguar X-Type driven by Miller, who had been traveling south on Rea Road. The truck hit Miller's car head-on, police said, and paramedics pronounced him dead within about 15 minutes.
Police arrested Davis and charged him with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He and the 58-year-old truck driver were not injured.
Investigators have not said what might have caused Davis to drive into oncoming traffic. Observer news partner WCNC-TV reported that Davis had worked a 12 or 13-hour shift Thursday and that police said fatigue may have been a factor in the wreck.
But on Friday investigators said they could not release information about the cause of the crash, citing the ongoing investigation. But police have said they do not believe speed or alcohol were involved.
Davis, of Charlotte, couldn't be immediately reached for comment Friday.
According to the N.C. Medical Board, Davis was issued his medical license in 2008 after graduating from medical school at Ross University, located on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
A Carolinas Medical Center spokesman confirmed that Davis is a surgical resident in trauma surgery.
A spokesman at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said Miller began working for the company last year as compensation director in the human resources department. Mike Strong, senior vice president of human resources, sent an email about his colleague's death to employees Friday.
"After joining our team in early 2011, Ed quickly demonstrated his incredible talent, servant's heart, tireless work ethic, and humble friendly nature," Strong said in the email. "He was loved and respected by everyone he touched, and he will be sorely missed by all."
Miller grew up in Hamden, Conn., and attended Boston College and then the University of Connecticut, where he earned his masters degree, according to his sister, Lisa Miller of New Haven, Conn. She said her brother moved to the Charlotte area several years ago.
In Charlotte, he joined the local chapter of the National Black MBA Association. The organization's website lists him as vice president of finance.
Lisa Miller said her brother had always been "business-minded," and she laughed as she recalled how he carried a briefcase when he was in kindergarten. She described him as a renaissance man who loved cars, traveling and dancing. He was devoted to his daughters – one of whom is in college and the other who just turned 16.
He's also survived by his wife, Sharon.
"He was just the best guy in the world…," Lisa Miller said. "He was one of the good ones."
Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call Detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862.
Published in Charlotte Observer from June 2 to July 1, 2012