A 9-year-old boy has died nearly a week after a truck driven by an alleged drunken driver crashed into the boy’s family car in Shawnee, his family posted online.
“It is with much sorrow that our family announces the passing of Nolan Davidson this evening,” according to the update on CaringBridge, a website that allows people to share medical updates with family and friends.
“Nolan was surrounded by the love of close family members and church members at the time of his passing.”
Nolan was critically injured in the crash that occurred just before 7 p.m. Friday near Johnson Drive and Bell Road in Shawnee.
Nolan and a member of his family were traveling from one basketball game to another when a white truck struck the rear passenger side of the family’s black sedan, where he was seated. The driver of the truck allegedly fled but officers arrested him after a police dog found him.
“Our family is hurting but we are finding comfort knowing that Nolan’s spirit left this earth and entered into a life of eternity in heaven,” according to the post on CaringBridge. “We have also chosen Nolan as a ‘Hero Donor’ in hopes that he can provide a miracle for somebody else in need.”
Nolan’s family plans to have a celebration of life to honor him. Details were pending.
The family also thanked people for their support, saying, “The love we have felt extends further than we could have ever imagined.”
A GoFundMe page had been established for Nolan by his family and as of Friday morning had raised more than $134,700.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office has charged Matthew Alexander Jacobo, 25, with DUI with aggravated battery causing great harm and failure to stop an accident causing great harm, both felony charges.
He was also charged with possession of a firearm while under the influence, a misdemeanor.
Jacobo remained in Johnson County jail Friday on $1 million bond.