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Victor Davis
Male 1964 - 1989

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  • Birth  10 Feb 1964  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Misfortune  1989 
    killed in automobile accident 
    Died  13 Nov 1989  Montreal, Ile De Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Interesting Life Story  accident, life story, sports 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-104083 
    Person ID  I104083  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

  • Notes 
    • The winner of four Olympic medals and thirty-one Canadian Championship swimming events, Victor Davis showed a competitive spirit that won him respect the world over. Born in Guelph, he trained with the Region of Waterloo Swim Team (ROW) from 1981 to 1989.

      At his retirement from competitive swimming in 1989, he held the World Record in his specialty, the 200-metre breast stroke (2: 13.34) which he had previously broken at the World Championships in Ecuador 1982 and twice more in 1984.

      His Olympic accomplishments include a gold in the 200 m breast stroke in the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles and three silver medals, the 100 metre breast stroke and the 4 x 100 metre medley relay at Los Angeles and a silver in the 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

      Davis was Swimming Canada's Athlete of the Year in 1982, 1984 and 1986, was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984. His life was brought to an untimely end in an automobile accident in Montreal in 1989.

      Past and Present Inductees. (2017). Waterlooregionmuseum.ca. Retrieved 26 June 2017, from http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/exhibits/past-and-present-inductees.aspx


      Man who killed Olympian Victor Davis in 1989 charged in 2016 death

      MONTREAL A Montreal man who killed Olympic-champion swimmer Victor Davis in 1989 is back behind bars, this time for allegedly causing the death of an elderly man at a bar last fall.

      Glen Crossley, 46, served four months of a 10-month sentence after being found guilty in the Nov. 11, 1989 hit-and-run incident in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., that killed Davis. The 25-year-old athlete originally from Guelph, Ont., died after suffering a severe skull fracture as well as brain and spinal damage.

      Crossley turned himself in on Monday afternoon after learning from a family member that Montreal police had issued a warrant for his arrest in the death of a 70-year-old man at a bar in September 2016, said his lawyer, Gilbert Frigon....

      The incident followed an argument at a nightclub in a suburb of Montreal. In that case, police waited 15 months before laying charges against Crossley.

      A coroner's inquiry had been held in that period of time into the death, and statements Crossley had made to the police were introduced as evidence.

      Crossley told police he had been trying to avoid a bottle Davis threatened to throw at the vehicle and didn't realize he had made contact with the swimmer. Other testimony showed that Davis was actually hit from behind and flew about 14 metres through the air, eventually striking his head on a parked car and a curb.

      The coroner, Pierre Trahan, concluded that there was insufficient proof to show that Crossley had intentionally struck Davis.

      Woods, A. (2017). Man who killed Olympian Victor Davis in 1989 charged in 2016 death | Toronto Star. thestar.com. Retrieved 26 June 2017, from https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/10/montreal-man-who-killed-olympic-swimmer-victor-davis-back-in-court-over-new-death.html

  • Sources 
    1. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 10 Feb 1964 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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