The defender of the Washington Commanders, Benjamin St-Juste, and linebacker Jamin Davis have been named in the lawsuit involving the wrongful death of Olivia Peters, who passed away in a car accident in December 2021 while riding in the vehicle of former Commanders player and friend Deshazor Everett.
Kathleen Peters, the mother of the deceased, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on December 22 in Loudoun County, Virginia, according to The Washington Post. The lawsuit identifies Everett, St-Juste, and Davis, alleging that the three players engaged in racing with their cars on the night of the accident.
It is claimed that the three players „met and planned for unlawful and criminal conduct“ (street racing), and alleged that „Everett’s speeding and reckless driving actions to promote the conspiracy were a direct and proximate cause“ of Peters‘ death.
Peters was trapped in the vehicle after the accident and ultimately died from internal bleeding. Everett was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The lawsuit alleges that Everett, St-Juste, and Davis planned to „show off their cars on public roads and engage in racing.“ The group „drove at high speeds far above the posted speed limits,“ „changed lanes irregularly and without signaling,“ „crossed double yellow lines and drove on the opposite side of the road,“ and „raced each other on multi-lane occasions.“
Everett had a GoPro camera attached to his car which recorded the events. His 2010 Nissan GT-R was also equipped with nitrous oxide, racing tires, and a roll cage, all of which are illegal in Virginia.
According to the lawsuit, the three also exchanged text messages and had phone and in-person conversations about their races. The Commanders, the NFL, and the attorneys for St-Juste, Davis, and Everett all declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Four days before the accident, Davis was charged with reckless driving after driving 89 miles per hour in a 65-mile zone. Three months after the accident, Davis was charged again for allegedly driving his McLaren at 114 miles per hour in a 45-mile zone. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail but has appealed the charge and will undergo another hearing on March 4.