A high school cross country runner from North Carolina died Sunday morning, hours after she collapsed at a meet in Charlotte, Moore County School officials said. >> Watch the news report here Officials said Samantha Davis died around 12:30 a.m. at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center. Davis, a senior from Union Pines High School, was competing in the Hare & Hounds Invitational on Saturday morning at McAlpine Park in Charlotte. Officials said she suffered a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. Davis also was a popular member of the high school band from Cameron, about two hours east of Charlotte. >> Read more trending news “She never put herself before anyone. She always had a smile on her face,” friend Victoria Campbell told WSOC-TV. “If something was bothering you and she knew about it, she was right there to give you a hug and give you all of her support and cheer you up. She was smart and beautiful, inside and out.” Campbell said a softball injury led to an epilepsy diagnosis for Davis and that her parents said she became a tissue donor after she was removed from life support Sunday morning.
Doctors are treating a Georgia teenager after a deadly car crash that killed his father. Kevin Buice, 19, of Walton County, is in the hospital with broken bones. >> Watch the news report here Last Saturday night, his father, Richard, picked him up from his manager shift at a local Domino's Pizza. As they were driving home, a car reportedly crossed into their lane. It slammed head-on into their car, pinning both of them under the crushed dashboard, authorities said. 'They couldn't get out of the car. They were screaming for cars to stop,' Buice's sister, Larissa Bassett, said. 'Him and his dad were sitting and talking to each other – about whether they were going to be OK, before his dad passed,' Buice's brother-in-law, Barry German, told WSB-TV. Emergency rescue workers had to tear open the car to get the father and son out. Buice was rushed to the hospital, but his father died at the scene. Family members have kept watch over their loved one at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. 'He's in a lot of pain, trying to recover and handle what happened,' Bassett said. 'He's got badly mangled legs, has rods and pins,' German said. The driver of the other car, Alexis Wynn, is also hospitalized. He's suspected of driving while drunk on the night of the crash, police said. An empty beer bottle was found in his car, authorities said. >> Read more trending news 'I would ask everyone to not drink and drive. We lost our dad. My brother is going to have lifelong complications with walking,' Bassett said. Just three months ago, the mother of Bassett and Buice died from a respiratory illness. Now, the family has a mountain of medical bills and is facing costly long-term rehab for Buice. 'He doesn't have health insurance, unfortunately. So the rehab, physical therapy, everything has to be paid out of pocket,' Bassett said. 'He's hanging in there, but he remembers everything.' Wynn will be formally charged when he's released from the hospital, authorities said. If you'd like to help the teen injured in the crash, click here.
As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by Democrats to sink the Kavanaugh nomination. “This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. The White House also released a statement from Kavanaugh, who said a New Yorker article about him was nothing but ‘a smear, plain and simple.’ “I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name – and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building – against these last-minute allegations,” Kavanaugh said. A few hours earlier, Senate Republicans had announced a hearing for Thursday, at which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will get the chance to detail her allegations of sexual assault from 1982 – and then, Kavanaugh will have the chance to answer the charges. Republicans on Sunday night also released the original letter by Ford to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) from back in July; Democrats did nothing with the allegations until they were leaked to the press in the days before a scheduled committee vote on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything,” Ford wrote in her letter. Meanwhile, Republicans were still angry with Feinstein for sitting on the letter for two months, as they joined the White House in making the argument that Democrats were simply trying to come up with anything to stop Kavanaugh from joining the U.S. Supreme Court. “Disgraceful hypocrisy,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). As for Democrats, the rush of new information led them to demand ‘an immediate postponement of any further proceedings’ on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is time to set politics aside,” Sen. Feinstein wrote in a letter to Judiciary Chairman Grassley. “We must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward.” Also getting involved in the Kavanaugh fray was the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, as Michael Avenatti on Sunday night was already in contact with Judiciary Committee investigators. My e-mail of moments ago with Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations for U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. We demand that this process be thorough, open and fair, which is what the American public deserves. It must not be rushed and evidence/witnesses must not be hidden. pic.twitter.com/11XLZJBTtY — Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 24, 2018 The rapid developments left lawmakers in Congress waiting – along with everyone else – to see what more might happen before Thursday’s hearing. “I call upon Brett Kavanaugh for the good of the country and the integrity of the court to step aside immediately,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), one of the few Senators making public comments on Sunday night. But there were no indications that the President was going to abandon Kavanaugh, whose nomination may be at its most embattled point yet.