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Old 08-09-2003, 11:00 AM   #1
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United starlet Davis dies in car crash

Watford have postponed their First Division clash with Coventry because it is believed striker Jimmy Davis was killed in a car crash earlier this morning.

The 20-year-old had joined the Hornets on a year's loan from Manchester United this summer.

A statement from Watford read: 'Watford Football Club wishes to clarify the reason for the postponement of today's game against Coventry City.

'The club was advised by the police that a road traffic accident occurred on the M40 this morning arising from which a person was killed. The police have informed the club that they suspect it to be 21-year-old Jimmy Davis.

'The reason for our delay in this further announcement was on police advice - in order for Jimmy's next of kin to be informed.'

Davis went out on loan to Swindon last season, making 15 appearances for the Second Division club and scoring three goals.

He made his solitary appearance for the Red Devils in a Worthington Cup defeat to Arsenal on November 5, 2001.

Following his loan spell at Swindon, he returned to Old Trafford and was on the bench for the Champions League clash away to Deportivo La Coruna in March.

He signed professional forms with United in July 1999.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'You could not meet a nicer and more bubbly character than Jimmy Davis.

'He was a player with real potential, that's why we sent him to Watford this season. At 21 he had great promise. We are all really sad. It's terrible news.'

A further statement from the Red Devils read: 'Everyone at Manchester United is devastated to hear about Jimmy's tragic death. We send our sincere condolences to his family and many friends. He will be sadly missed.'

The accident on the M40 happened in the early hours of the morning in Oxfordshire.

The footballer's grey BMW 3-series was in collision with a DAF lorry as both vehicles were travelling southbound just before 5am.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene and two lanes of the carriageway were closed while investigators examined the scene.

At 12.20pm Hertfordshire police issued a statement confirming the fixture had been cancelled and advised fans who had already started their journey to turn back.

The driver of the lorry was uninjured and a spokesman for Thames Valley police believed there was only one occupant in the BMW.

Police were continuing to investigate and called for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact them.

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