Reaction to the death of former Councilwoman Carolyn Davis is trickling in via social media today. Police say she died after being struck by a driver who is suspected of being impaired and drifted over the median in Oak Cliff last night. Dallas police identified him as 36-year-old Jonathan Moore, a man who has five previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. Dallas County court records show that his last DWI occurred on July 11, 2014. He’d recently finished a probated sentence of five years and a judge allowed him to remove his interlock device from his vehicle on Monday, hours prior to the wreck.
The fatal collision occurred just before 8 p.m. on East Ledbetter road. Police say his SUV veered into oncoming traffic before colliding head-on with Davis’ Cutlass Ciera. Charges were filed Monday evening for intoxication assault and intoxication assault causing brain injury. The arrest warrant alleges he informed a paramedic at the scene that he had taken Xanax before the crash, but denied it at the hospital. WFAA has a history of his past convictions, which date back to 2005. Moore remains in the hospital. As does Davis’ daughter, who is in critical condition.
We’ve reached out to all current Dallas City Council members and will update this post as more statements come in. Here’s what we have so far:
Councilman Casey Thomas, of District 3 in Oak Cliff (via email):
“Former Council member Carolyn Davis was a mentor and a friend. To lose her so soon and so tragic is horrible. We thank her for her service and commitment to Dallas. ”
Councilman David Blewett, of District 14 in Uptown and downtown (via email):
“Everyone who knew and worked with Carolyn was shocked when we heard the news. It’s a tragic event. Prayers to her family.”
Councilman Lee Kleinman, of District 11 in North Dallas (via email):
“Carolyn was a passionate advocate for South Dallas. She was both a Council colleague and personal friend who will be missed. Her important work will impact many Dallas residents for years to come.”
Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates, of District 13 in Preston Hollow (via email):
“I was saddened today to hear about the senseless tragic death of my former colleague Carolyn Davis. While I understand she made grave mistakes that impacted public trust she deserves being remembered for her kindness, smile and her love of the community. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family during this difficult time.”
Councilman Jaime Resendez, of District 5 in Pleasant Grove (via email):
“I am saddened by the news of former councilwoman Carolyn Davis’ death, and extend my deepest condolences to her family.”
Councilman Adam Bazaldua, of District 7 in South Dallas:
Councilwoman Paula Blackmon, of District 9 in East Dallas (via Facebook):
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family and our D7 neighbors who have lost an advocate and champion. I’ve worked with Carolyn since 2006 on many civic projects and during her time on council. Her daughter and family are in my prayers.”
Councilman Omar Narvaez, of District 4 in West Dallas (via Facebook):
“My heart is heavy this morning. Last night former Councilmember Carolyn Davis was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident. Her daughter was also in the car and was transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition.
Ms. Davis was always very kind to me personally, open to listening to all sides of an issue, and was known for serving her constituents with her huge heart. She was a daughter of Dallas and over the years I was honored to eventually be able to call her friend.
May she rest In peace.”
Councilman Chad West, of District 1 in Oak Cliff:
Councilman Adam McGough, of District 10 in North Dallas (via Facebook):
“I worked with this woman for a lot of years as she battled for #D7 and the community. My heart hurts for all those impacted by this tragedy.
Mayor Eric Johnson (via email):
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of former councilwoman Carolyn Davis. I want to express my sincerest condolences to the Davis family and will keep them in prayer during this difficult time.”
Philip Kingston, former Councilman in Uptown and downtown:
Carolyn was single minded in her concern for, and advocacy for, the poor. What a sad day. https://t.co/3AnNZhgdLK
— Vacation Philip (@PhilipTKingston) July 16, 2019
Matt Goodman contributed reporting.