The community is coming together to lift up the families of a fallen mother and father.
Nicholas Bobo, 34, and Arielle Davis, 28, were ejected from their car when struck by another driver who police say smelled of alcohol and sped through a stop sign at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Bobo died at the scene and Davis nine hours later at Akron City Hospital. Police say neither wore a seatbelt. Aiysha M. Williams, who police said was driving, sustained minor injuries.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, which responded to the crash, said Wednesday that charges may be filed at the conclusion of an investigation. Eyewitnesses and rumors are raising questions about whether Williams was driving, or if a man drove the speeding vehicle and fled the crash scene.
Candles were lit and balloons released this week to remember Bobo and Davis at the intersection of Lindsay and Virginia avenues where the crash happened.
“So many have reached out expressing love and asking what they can do to be of assistance,” Chrissy Finney, Bobo's mother, said on a GoFundMe page set up (https://bit.ly/2F3EkQD) to take donations for Bobo's funeral costs. Another page (https://bit.ly/2F3RjBS) is collecting donations for Davis and her three children. She had twin boys with Bobo and a 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. But they were a "nuclear family," relatives said.
“Please give whatever you can. Please continue to pray for me and my family, especially, his children. Thank you and may God bless,” wrote Finney.
Described as a loving father by friends, Bobo had five sons. The twins are turning 4 without their father. To celebrate and show them love, Tim Anderson Jr. of the Fallen Fathers Foundation, which helps children and single parents, is teaming up with Family Bakers Fun World and Changing Lives LLC to throw the boys a birthday party at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St., from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
All are welcome to attend the party. Details are at https://bit.ly/2s0WyjA.
The funeral service for Bobo will be Saturday at noon at Rhoden Memorial Home, 1101 Palmetto Ave. in Akron. Bobo's stepfather, the Rev. Jaland R. Finney of Second Baptist, said he’ll eulogize to honor the loss by challenging the city’s youth and young adults to make better decisions.
"I’m going to speak to society and the things that the youth are doing. They’re making decisions and they don’t understand the effects," the Rev. Finney said, trying to interpret God's purpose in the taking of his stepson. "When men are running from their responsibilities as fathers, he ran to them."
Reach Doug Livingtson at 330-996-3792 or firstname.lastname@example.org.