Meridian Star

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March 16, 2010

Mother recalls fatal wreck

MERIDIAN —     Early last month, Leemisa Davis and her family were in a wreck that changed their entire world.

    Davis' 2-year-old son, Fa'rrell Ji'ovanni King, died after the 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue she was driving hydroplaned in the 7900 block of Highway 39 North.

    She describes her son as "handsome" and "sweet," and her voice quivers when she talks about Fa'rrell.

    "He's just always been my miracle baby," Davis says. "When I was nine, the doctors told my mama I'll never be able to have babies.

    "Then I got pregnant with him."

    On Feb. 4, a Thursday, Davis was riding back from Kemper Springs with her two sons and friend Kimberley Sheffield.

    She was driving a mutual acquaintance home as a favor for a friend, and was on her way to Faith and Deliverance Church. She says both her children were in car seats with their seat belts on.

    "On the way coming back from Kemper Springs, it was pouring down rain real hard," Davis says.

    Davis' friend, Sheffield, called the church to make sure it was still going to conduct service during the severe weather, though they would never make it there that night. 

    "Soon as she pressed 'end' on the phone, my car went out of control," Davis says. "It just happened so fast."

    Going down a slope in the road, Davis' car hydroplaned on the wet asphalt. She says the car then spun several times in oncoming traffic before being slung off the road. 

    "Then it just went up in the air, and my car hit the tree," Davis says. "When my car smashed into the tree, it hit from the back."

    The car slammed with such force into the pine tree that the metal of its frame and body became warped in a matter of moments, turning the vehicle into a cage for its passengers and driver.

    "It was unreal," Davis says. "[Farron] was screaming the whole time, but when I looked behind me, the only thing I could see was the back tire was sitting where his car seat was."

    Because the doors were smashed shut, Davis scrambled out of the window and began frantically trying to wave cars down, but in the rainy, dark night, it seemed nobody would stop.

    "A guy named Tracy, I'll never forget him for the rest of my life," Davis says. "Nobody else would stop for us; he stopped for us.

    "He backed all the way up in the highway. It was like God sent an angel."

    Tracy was behind Davis when she spun off the road, and had actually driven in reverse to get back to where their car was sitting.

    He then managed to get Farron out of the car, but couldn't reach Fa'rrell because of how he was pinched between the back of Davis' car seat and the back seat itself.

    Davis says the EMT responder told her in the ambulance that her son Fa'rrell died, though at the scene she had been told he was still alive.

    "I can't describe it," Davis says. "I've just been lost ever since.

    "I just feel lost."

    Even though she doesn't know his last name, Davis says she will remember Tracy for the rest of her life.

    Davis is now moving out of her apartment. She says her apartment holds "too many memories," but she's happier her new home on Highway 39 will be a little closer to Pine Grove Cemetery, where Fa'rrell is buried.

    She had planned to leave Meridian, but now says she'll stay for Farron. She hopes to return to nursing school after being forced to quit to take care of her children.

    For now, she'll be taking it one day at a time, and perhaps thanks to the man she knows only as Tracy, she has Farron at her side.

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