SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Steve Davis, Oklahoma’s starting quarterback when it won back-to-back national championships in the 1970s, was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into three homes in northern Indiana, officials said Monday.
St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday’s crash in South Bend as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla. An Oklahoma athletics official confirmed it was the same Davis who played for the Sooners. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not yet announced the death.
Caves owned the Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet that clipped one house before slamming into two more Sunday afternoon. Caves had a pilot’s license, but it was not immediately clear if he was flying the plane when it crashed.
The plane leaked enough fuel to force the evacuation of hundreds of people from surrounding homes, but most residents were allowed to return Monday morning.
Frank Sojka, 84, who lives in the first home struck, went back to his home Monday morning so police could retrieve some items. A total of eight homes remain under mandatory evacuation.
“I’m surprised people survived that,” he said as he sat in his car with his son, waiting for police to move the barricade on his street.
Two others on board the plane survived. Jim Rogers was in serious condition and Christopher Evans was in fair condition at South Bend Memorial Hospital. A woman who neighbors said lived in the middle house that was struck, Diana McKeown, was in fair condition.