Mililani teacher dies from crash injuries

Wendy Danielle Davis
Wendy Danielle Davis

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MILILANI (KHNL) - A Mililani High School teacher, who was hit by a car while jogging nearly three weeks ago, has died from her injuries.

Monday was a somber first day back at school, as students and staff learned about the death Friday of a beloved teacher.

Mililani High junior Christopher Lai hangs out with his friends after school. But his mind is on the Algebra teacher he had his freshman year.

"Ms. Davis was one of the awesome-est teachers I've ever had," he said. "She had a really great sense of humor. She knew how to explain it in a way that we'd be interested in it."

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office says Wendy Danielle Davis, 40, died Friday from the head injuries she suffered July 14th.

Investigators say she was jogging in a crosswalk at the intersection of Kuahelani Avenue and Meheula Parkway in Mililani, when a car making a left turn plowed into her.

On this first day back from summer break, the school observed a moment of silence for the well-liked math teacher, and offered grief counseling to students.

"We didn't know that she had passed away until today at the moment of silence at the school," Lai said.

"What was your reaction when you heard the news?" this reporter asked.

"We were all shocked. We didn't know that she had been injured that badly," Lai replied.

"She was a very good teacher and an excellent daughter," Bonnie Rand, victim's mother, told KHNL and K5 News.

Rand says Davis had a teenaged son, enjoyed jogging and surfing, and was an organ donor. She says the family carried out her wishes and donated organs to three patients.

Back on campus, her students say they'll miss her.

"Math is my worst subject. I really don't like math," Lai said. "But she made math really fun."

Police have re-classified the negligent injury case as a negligent homicide.

Funeral services are pending.