Family faces eviction after son killed in crash

Chrystal Davis' two sons were struck stepping off a school bus in Gresham

Chrystal Davis and her son Jayden are struggling after Jayden, and his older brother Jaquis, were struck getting off a school bus in Gresham Oct. 31. Jaquis, 10, died two days later in hospital (KOIN 6/Ellen Hansen).

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A mother who chose between burying her child and paying the rent is now facing eviction.

Chrystal Davis’ two sons, Jayden, 8, and 10-year-old Jaquis, were struck stepping off a school bus in Gresham at the intersection of NE Division Street and NE Country Club Avenue Oct. 31. Jaquis died two days later.

The family now faces eviction because of both medical and funeral-related costs, for which they are hosting a fundraiser at Main City Park in Gresham December 6, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.

“It hurts, it’s hard to keep going,” Davis said Friday.

Police said two cars collided and veered onto the sidewalk, hitting Jaquis. Witnesses say Jayden is only alive because of the actions of his brother.

A memorial still stands in Gresham where brothers Jaquis and Jayden Davis were struck getting off a school bus Oct. 31, 2014. (KOIN 6/Ellen Hansen)
A memorial still stands in Gresham where brothers Jaquis and Jayden Davis were struck getting off a school bus Oct. 31, 2014. (KOIN 6/Ellen Hansen)

Jayden suffered two broken legs, a fractured face and lacerated liver, among other injuries and is recovering at home.

“My favorite thing about my brother is that he will never let me down and I would never let him down,” Jayden said.

Davis said she finds strength in her son.

“I couldn’t imagine how I would feel. To go through everything he has and I’m like if he can get up and go I know I can get up and go,” she said.

Court documents indicate Davis is due in court to face the eviction December 9.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family.

KOIN 6 will continue to follow this story.

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