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He was driving home from work when his car slammed into a pole. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) He was driving home from work when his car slammed into a pole. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
A 26-year-old Memphis man's life was cut short after he was killed in a single-car crash in Orange Mound. (Photo Source: family) A 26-year-old Memphis man's life was cut short after he was killed in a single-car crash in Orange Mound. (Photo Source: family)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A Memphis family wants to know what really happened to their son.

At 26 years old, Reggie Mercer died in a single-car crash on April 6 at the intersection of Airways Boulevard and Spottswood Avenue.

Mercer's father thinks there's more to the story than he's being told.

"I want closure. I want to find out what happened. I know it won't bring him back, but at least I want to now how he died. How it was caused," Reginald Mercer said.

A police report from the crash said the passenger side of Mercer's car hit a utility pole.

Investigators found no evidence to suggest Reggie was drinking or on the phone at the time of the crash.

Police do know that Reggie was not wearing a seatbelt. The force of the crash threw his head into the windshield.

Reggie spent the next few days on life support at Regional Medical Center. His father eventually had to make the decision to pull the plug.

"That was real hard, hardest thing I ever did in my life," he said.

Mercer's father thinks there's more to the crash than what police are telling him. They say nobody saw the crash, and they will not release pictures from the crash scene.

"He was a good kid. Reggie was 26 years old, no kids. He had a 4.0 grade average. He was Who's Who in high school. Never been in trouble," he said.

Reggie went to the University of Memphis and worked at Bayou Bar and Grill in Overton Square.

"He loved to cook. His thing was cooking, the Bible, and helping people." Mercer's friend Marquez Graham said. "It was very devastating. One day he is here. I'm at work with him one night, and that same night I wake up, and he's gone. It's very hard."

One thing Reggie's friends and family can take solace in is that Mercer was an organ donor. Five of his organs gave five different people a new lease on life.

Friends and family hope someone knows more about what led up to the crash that killed their friend. If you have any information about what happened on April 6, please call Memphis police.

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