Texas Tech student dies in car accident outside Clovis

Friends remember Jerry Davis

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The ride home from a spring break mission trip went terribly wrong for a group of students.

Tonight, a Lubbock church is mourning the loss of one man while they pray for the others who are fighting for their lives.

A group of nearly 80 students was headed back to Lubbock from a mission trip in San Diego when a vehicle carrying five passengers rolled several times before coming to rest on the opposite side of the road.

New Mexico State Police tell us 26-year-old Jerry Davis of Plainview was driving when he lost control.

Davis, a father of three, died at the scene.

Police tell us passengers Ken Choi and Genesis Guevara were airlifted to UMC here in Lubbock.

Tonight they are listed in critical condition.

Passengers Hunter Hail and Alondra Guevara were taken by ambulance to a Clovis hospital.

However, we're told Alondra, Genesis' sister, was transferred to UMC.

Police tell us the accident happened just after 10 a.m. central time, on highway 60/84 just east of Fort Sumner in New Mexico.

This accident is still under investigation.

The group was part of the Texas Tech Navigators, a Christian student organization.

These students met others in San Diego to spend the week working with the homeless.

They were less than two hours away from home when the unthinkable happened.

Rashard Barnes is the College pastor for Redeemer church where the Texas Tech Navigators attended and he says the mission group had stayed the night in Albuquerque.

"They woke up in the morning and were travelling back," he said.

The girls' mother describes Davis as an amazing husband and father.

Barnes adds he was a passionate new Christian.

"He just started coming around and getting connected," Barnes said. "So he was really on the uphill swing."

He says the others are still in Clovis because they are in shock.

"We're just not sure how they're going to get back, whether some people will go out there and pick them up," Barnes said.

Davis is described as a light and news of the accident is bringing members of the Redeemer church to their knees in prayer.

"It's a big shocker, it's just really hard to process," Barnes said. "There's no answer for death, there's absolutely none, it hurts. But we hope in a life to come and that's what I want to tell the students. Mourn with your pain, feel it, grieve it well but also trust in your Savior knowing that in your pain He meets you there."