A 7-year-old boy and his mother will be remembered Saturday morning during a memorial service more than a week after a car barreled into the living room of their Dayton home, resulting in the deaths of both.
Maria Davis, 39, was pronounced dead in the house Nov. 29, while her son Jerome was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he died, according to officials.
The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Revival Center Ministries, 3011 Oakridge Drive, Dayton.
Authorities have yet to reveal more information about a second person believed to be in the car or say who was driving and speeding away from police just before the crash.
The lone person charged in the case has a criminal record in Georgia, court records showed.
Earlier this week, the mailbox at 803 Lilac Ave. had been turned into memorial of stuffed animals and balloons. Plywood covered the southeast corner of the house where the two were struck by a Nissan Maxima that rammed into their living room just before 11 p.m. Nov. 29.
One suspect, Kesean D. Williams-Parks, 24, was taken into custody near the house.
Williams-Parks pleaded on Nov. 3 not guilty to carrying concealed weapons and aggravated drug possession charges. He remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 cash/surety bond.
The bypass case will go to a grand jury, so there will be no preliminary hearing, according to Dayton Municipal Court officials.
An affidavit and statement of facts said Williams-Parks fled on foot from a Dayton police officer, but was apprehended after a short foot chase.
The affidavit said Williams-Parks was in possession of a concealed loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber handgun and methamphetamine and had a criminal history in Georgia.
In 2011, Williams-Parks was charged with a number of offenses in Clayton County, Ga., including burglary, drug possession and fleeing from police, court records there show. He was sentenced to five years in prison but served a shorter term due to a first-time offenders’ program.
It was the second tragedy within six months to touch the mother, a relative said.
Davis was forced out of another home by a fire and moved to Lilac Avenue with her two sons, said Davis’ second cousin Delores Woodall.
“They lost everything in that,” Woodall said. “And now this happens.”
Late Nov. 3, an officer spotted a car on Hoover Avenue and watched it enter a driveway, according to police.
When the officer turned a spotlight on the car, the driver accelerated out of the drive and down the street, according to officers, who said no pursuit was initiated by the officer.
About four blocks away, the driver barreled down Kammer Avenue, past a stop sign at a T-intersection and crashed into the house. After the crash, the car was reported stolen to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Another juvenile related to the victims was in the house but physically uninjured, according to police.
Jerome Davis attended first grade at Edison PreK-6 School, said Marsha Bonhart, Dayton Public Schools spokeswoman.