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26-year-old killed in crash was UNLV student, minister

26-year-old killed in crash was UNLV student, minister

By Drew Karedes. CREATED Mar 30, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A 26-year-old killed after another driver sped through a red light is being remembered by his family as a man of faith.

The family of David Mann says his passion was in religion. He traveled to the Las Vegas Strip and even outside the country to provide spiritual guidance to others.

The Christian minister and UNLV student was killed on his way to class on Thursday. It happened around 9:20 a.m. at Flamingo and Swenson.

According to family, Mann had just left a doctor's appointment at Sunrise Hospital and was headed to school.

His Toyota Corolla was left mangled by the impact of a Hummer, and he was rushed back to Sunrise. Doctors there were not able to save him.

"It's normal to feel shocked and angry at first, and at first, you blame somebody," said Pamela Mann, David's older sister. "You have to be careful because everybody thinks they're going to be okay, but it's about the other people you might harm."

The Hummer driven by 58-year-old T.J. Meyers rolled after the collision. Meyers was ejected and died on the scene.

Police suspect he was in a rush.

Despite their sadness, lashing out is not something that the Mann family intends on doing.

"David would be the first to tell you that he holds no animosity to anybody that did anything to him. He's up in Heaven, and I'm sure he forgives," said Larry Mann, David's older brother.

Family members say David, the youngest of 10, aspired to teach English one day.

Ironically, loved ones say he was named after his uncle David, who died around the same age when he was hit by a drunk driver.

The Mann family has comfort that David accomplished so much in his short life.

"He had a lot more work to do. Unfortunately, he's in a better place and we all believe that," added Larry Mann.

Three other people in a Chevy van were also hurt in Thursday's crash. The victims, ages 23 to 36, are said to be doing okay.