ELK GROVE - Many in the Elk Grove community came together Sunday nightto remember how much 17-year-old Josh Davis meant to Cosumnes Oaks High School and his football program.
Hundreds of students turned out Sunday for a special candlelight vigil at the site of the fatal crash on Bruceville Road.
Police say Davis was passing another car around 6p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a median, and slammed into a light pole. Davis died in the wreck andhis passenger, a teammate, sufferedminor injuries.
"It's just a shock to all of us. We wish they were both safe and ok. We're thankful that Devin made it out of the accident ok," said teammate and a Cosumnes Oaks High School senior Kameron Schroeder. "It's really sad as a school, as a community that we lost a great young man."
Based on initial witness reports, police believed the accident was the result of street racing. After further investigation, officers now say the fatal accident was due to driver inexperience.
"It's a tragic moment for his family, for our school community, for our football program," said Coach Ryan Gomes.
Gomes said Davis was a stellar student athlete.
"He wasa three-year starter for us a the varsity level," said Gomes. "He wasa defensive lineman, a first team all conference player."
Davis was captain of the football team. He wore number 77. Many say he was a good friend.
"He was always there to help people. Josh was just a really cool dude," said Senior Imari Epps.
"He was a real good guy. A lot of people liked him," said Junior Joey Caceres, a JV football player.
"He was phenomenal young man. He was a great kid who's looked up by many," said Gomes.
Knowing that Davis's life was tragically cut short, Epps said, "God called him home."
"It hurts a lot to have him gone," said Schroeder. "Everybody should cherish every moment you have. Tell everyone that you love, that you love them everyday. Because you don't know how much time you will have left with them."
Davis's father passed away last year from cancer, according to Gomes.
A special memorial fund was set up for Davis. Also, a special fundraising dinner will be held at Cosumnes Oaks High School Thursday.
Coach Gomes emailed News10 a letter sent out to the Wolfpack community:
"There are two ways to support the Davis family through this tragic time:
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