Devin Davis in serious condition following accident

  • 11/01/2014 10:32 am in

Indiana sophomore forward Devin Davis is in serious condition at IU Health Bloomington hospital following an accident involving teammate Emmitt Holt.

According to a program release, Davis, a 6-foot-7 native of Indianapolis, was injured after being struck by a vehicle driven by Holt, a freshman who joined the program in August. The incident occurred on Indiana’s campus.

Holt was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content above 0.02. Details released by Indiana indicate that Holt’s BAC was 0.025.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with Devin and his family and we pray that his condition improves in the coming days,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. “An injury to one of us is an injury to all of us and we are devastated by the news. We will continue to support Devin and Emmitt in every possible way and I know the Hoosier family will come together to rally for these young men. We are working to gather additional information on the accident.”

A program spokesman said that Crean has remained with Davis at the hospital since the accident.

The Indianapolis Star’s Zach Osterman reported some additional details via Bloomington Police Department:

According to Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Jeff Canada, Holt dropped Davis off in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium at approximately 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

After Davis exited the vehicle, Holt turned back onto 17th Street, heading west. For an “unknown reason,” Davis unexpectedly reentered the roadway and was struck by Holt’s car, according to Canada.

Police responding to the accident found Davis unconscious north of 17th Street with an injury to his head, according to Canada. He was treated by ambulance personnel and transported to Bloomington Hospital. Canada could not say whether Davis had regained consciousness before being transported from the scene.

Canada said there were other passengers in Holt’s car, but he wasn’t able to identify them.

Indiana canceled Saturday’s planned Haunted Hall of Hoops scrimmage and open practice, but members of the team are scheduled to be at Assembly Hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. to pass out candy, sign autographs and take photos.

This is the third alcohol-related incident for the program in the last nine months.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating while intoxicated endangerment, and operating with a blood alcohol content above .15 in February and Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were arrested in April by state excise police for consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of a false identification.

Update: Here’s a press release from the Bloomington Police Department on the incident:

At approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning, the Bloomington Police Department investigated a single car traffic accident involving a pedestrian at 17th and Indiana Avenue near IU Athletics facilities.

Information gathered at the scene indicates that the driver of a white 2012 Jeep Liberty, Emmitt D. Holt, 18, had just dropped off a passenger, Devin L. Davis, Jr., 19, in the parking lot of Memorial Stadium on the IU campus. According to the driver and other witnesses in the vehicle, Holt then exited the parking lot to travel west on E. 17th Street. For reasons unknown, all witnesses indicated that Davis then entered the roadway and was struck by the front passenger side of Holt’s vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was located near the passenger side front fender and windshield.

Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, Davis was located lying on the north side of E. 17th Street. He was unconscious and had a head injury. Davis was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital and his current injury status is unknown.

The driver, Emmitt D. Holt, had been consuming alcohol, but was not intoxicated. He was issued citations for Illegal Consumption of Alcohol (Misdemeanor) and for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol Under Age 21 (Infraction).

No additional information is available at this time.

Sunday AM update: Here’s a tweet just published from Davis’ father, Devin Davis Sr.

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  • ForeverIU

    No one loves IU basketball more than you do, so no worries!

  • Ole Man

    No; it starts out over-the-top and goes downhill from there.
    A citation is not an arrest. A citation is the same as a traffic ticket. Not to make light of it, but you can get a citation for jay walking.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    So when ur son does make a mistake, how do u handle it?

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    So it is NOT about u, it is about IU players!

  • jon

    oh shut up and let the people speak.

  • ForeverIU

    Not when “the people” is a bunch of misinformed raving schmucks! No thanks! I value ITH, and it should remain a congenial and civil place for posters.

  • Snookafly

    I have an inside source that told me drinking four beers leads to blowing a .04, so I’m going with approximately 2 beers (maybe 3 given his size). He was well under the legal limit, but there is a zero tolerance policy in Indiana if you are under 21.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    That is Waaaayyy off! Google alcohol chart. Usually if you drink 2 beers in one hour, you can continue to subsequently drink one/hour and remain at .08% BAC or lower.

  • Bled4IU

    I can’t believe what i’m reading in police report! 3 incidents in 9 months is ridiculous! I understand IU is a big party school, like any other large state school and understand this is part of college life. The problem i have is the decisions being made by these young men during basketball season, as well while on scholarship! Being under 21 yr old or at legal age limit, why in the heck are they driving a vehicle, wether 1/2 beer or 12 beer consumption. Flat out dumb, to be driving at all, you aren’t supposed to be consuming alcohol under 21 anyways, so why are you driving? I don’t care if you just had 1 beer, you shouldn’t be driving, you shouldn’t have any alcohol in your system when your under 21. Come on guys!!!!

  • IUfanforever

    This drinking issue with this team needs to cease. Prayers for DD and his family!

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks. People are saying mouth wash can give you .02. If that’s the case, then .025 seems very low.

  • b_side

    They won’t be scared. They’ll all just transfer and we’ll be back to 2008 all over again.

  • Dave Carnes

    OH Tom you miss the point.point. Everything that happens after one has had a drink is the result of the booze.Even if you are setting at a stop light and get rear ended.Must of been the booze.If people think a .025 alcohol is dangerous they better stay inside.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    You may not recall, but RMK had a ZERO Tolerance standard on drugs: You Use, You get caught, You’re history. These 3 players violated the policy and were summarily dismissed from the team back in ’83. To the best of my recollection, there were NO repeats.

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    Absolutely! Rewards and punishment: Immediate and severe. To his credit, RMK was NEVER hesitant about setting standards for his players, insuring that each understood the expectations, and then holding each accountable for his subsequent decisions and actions. While the standards may have differed for each player, I don’t believe he ever expected more from any of them than he felt they were capable of producing. Tough love sometimes is, well, “tough”.
    Posters can justify, excuse or try to ameliorate circumstances of this incident based upon what others may have done, but the fact of the matter is that whatever “policy” TC has regarding his players’ drinking ain’t making it. Maybe it’s time to become more of a coach and less of a “friend”.

  • oldiugymnast

    Having had drinks with several IU BB and FB players during coach knight’s tenure and having heard about punishments – he didn’t kick guys off the team over a few beers. This incident was about one beer 45 mins before the accident.

  • oldiugymnast

    Bull! We are much, much, much more likely to severely punish a kid this age than when I was a kid and infinitely more so than when my dad was a kid. You are imagining a good ole days that exists only in your fantasy.

  • oldiugymnast

    Again – BS! When I was at IU if you got pulled over for dui the cops followed you home or got you a cab. If you had one beer as is the case with Mr. holt there was no consequence. You hate Crean’s so much that you are just making up some magical place where 19 year olds always make good decisions- that place does not and never has existed.

  • oldiugymnast

    In my experience, the people that call for an authoritarian disciplinary regime lack self-discipline.


    You are absolutely correct ! The consequences of being caught with alcohol and being underage are much much harsher in today’s world than in the past. I was once pulled over and my friend and I both had an open beer. The two of us were forced to stand on the side of a state highway and then open and pour all 94 beers (7 ounce bottles) out onto the side of the road. After finishing that we were told to go home and stay there the rest of the night. All we got was sore wrists and fingers from opening all of them and the loss of the beer, and this was a state cop that pulled us over.


    Well put !

  • Snookafly

    No, that’s based on first hand experience– not a chart I read on Google. No one ever said he was pounding them all at once. Besides given that your chart doesn’t account for the fact that he’s 6’7 and 220 with the metabolism of a D-1 athlete, I don’t know that 2 beers is “Waaaayyy off.”

  • WhatsUpKnight

    again, three alcohol-related incidents among 5 players in less than two seasons. if this was the only time, i’m sure i’d feel differently.

    you’re more than welcome to put words into my mouth, i couldn’t care less. but i don’t hate CTC, and my opinion isn’t motivated by how i feel toward him personally. for the record, i think he’s a stand-up guy. problem is too many things have happened under his watch. ok, he’s not responsible, but he sure as hell could have (and should have) come down harder on HMP to let those kids know he’s serious. i’m guessing that’s too authoritarian for your taste.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    I was already pissed off, so no prob. 😉

    I get what you’re saying, and i’m glad to hear EH wasn’t seriously impaired. probably a pretty innocent night aside from the fact that DD got seriously injured (so glad to hear he’s expected to make a full recovery). call it bad luck, but like a famous sports radio personality once said, there are never any good headlines that start with driving down the road at 1 a.m. bottom line, it happened, and now there have to be consequences.

    getting to your point, here are the facts…three incidents in less than two seasons involving 5 players. and why should we have any reason to believe this won’t continue? CTC’s trying, but the kids aren’t responding, simple as that. if you’re a sports fan, you know coaches are fired all the time for way less.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    I like it, man. yes, kids are still going to break rules. but i’m a big believer in the ‘if you give an inch, they’ll take a mile’ philosophy. tell the kids ‘it’s ok to drink in moderation as long as you’re not driving anywhere. afterall, that’s part of the college experience!’, and guess what happens. i’m not implying that CTC said anything anywhere remotely close to that, but he certainly didn’t draw much of a line in the sand after the first incident either.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i couldn’t care less about any of what you’re, to be perfectly honest. i don’t care if it’s unfair that not all students get caught, and i certainly don’t think that two wrongs make a right.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    hey, i don’t see byu dealing with crap like this.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    thank you for trying to talk some sense into this guy!!!

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    For not caring… you sure post a lot.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    you obviously believed in an authoritarian regime at that time, as you lacked self-discipline!! just ask oldiugymnast

  • HoosierHuckleberry

    I mentioned RMK’s policy on DRUGS: Zero Tolerance. I don’t know what his stance on drinking was…and it really isn’t germane to this situation. My point was that he had a policy and enforced it.


    Only providing a personal example of how underage drinking, when associated with driving, is handled a whole lot more harshly now, and rightfully so, than it was in the past, said nothing about authoritarian regime.

  • Banner6

    Wow! When was that? When I there from 89-93, over 20 years ago, BPD liked giving out DUIs to students.

  • millzy32

    First off hope Davis has a full and speedy recovery. Second, .025 is literally one beer at most and would not cause impaired driving. This appears to be some type of horseplay tragic complete accident. I know Holt is under age for any alcohol consumption but it sounds like it wasn’t his fault at all for the actual accident. Good to hear that Davis is improving.


    Agreed that there have to be consequences, but I’m going to wait to hear as many facts as possible and hear as much as possible about how those consequences are doled out before I give my opinion of if they were sufficient or not. Not saying that you jumping the gun on that subject, just stating that that is the approach I’m going to take. I firmly believe that CTC will, and should, make some kind of alteration to team guidelines / rules after this, but we may not ever know what and how severe those changes are, which is what it makes it kind of a crapshoot for us the fans when it comes to, is he doing everything he should be doing. It’s entirely possible that he may put something very strict and harsh into place and something alcohol related could still happen, doesn’t mean he didn’t try and do the correct thing. Hopefully this incident will be enough to make all of them think long and hard about what actions are needed, or not needed, to keep something like this from happening again. That and whatever other steps that are taken will hopefully keep a repeat from taking place.

  • Outoftheloop

    Alex, please read the articles/opinions of the Indy Star sports journalists (Gregg Doyle) and others (Pete DiPrimio, Ft Wayne; Kent Sterling, and others), and then explain why my post was deleted?

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks! The same to you.

  • Outoftheloop

    Ole Man you could not be more WRONG! A citation for a misdemeanor is an arrest! I practiced criminal law in Indiana for over 20 years! What is your authority?

  • Mike Blair

    Everyone please accept my apology. Thought it might be funny ,it wasn’t.