Nowata Community Mourns Family Killed In Head-On Wreck
NOWATA, Oklahoma - A community is in mourning this evening after five people are killed in a head on crash in Nowata. One teenager survived and is recovering in a Tulsa hospital.
Family, friends and classmates came together Monday for a prayer vigil.
The family's pastor says 15-year-old Ronald Davis is alert, speaking and asking for food. Davis is a freshman football player at Nowata High School.
The vigil was all about lifting the entire community up with prayer.
Nowata is grieving the loss of five people who died when two cars crashed head on over the weekend.
"Right now the thing they need the most are prayers," said Pastor Terry Harmon, Cornerstone Community Church.
"It's all because of the prayers of this community and the Latin community have offered up."
Troopers say Micah Walker was driving north on Highway 169 Saturday when his car drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed into Kevin Smith's Kia Soul.
Smith and his wife Maria died in the crash along with their 13-year-old son Leigh. Their other son, 15-year-old Ronald Davis, survived and is recovering at a Tulsa hospital.
Walker and his passenger Calvin Wyckoff also died.
Pastor Terry Harmon says everyone is rallying around the two families affected by the crash.
"Again, words can't express the love and the support from people here," he said.
Harmon says the Smiths were outstanding members of the community.
"Kevin and Maria were awesome - fun, loving, full of joy - extremely loved," the pastor said.
Youth Pastor Lacey Henderson says a lot of students are grieving and need to reach out to friends and family during this tough time.
Trinity Church Youth Pastor,"Basically they need to remember that they do have support groups," said Henderson, a pastor at Trinity Church.
"We have several churches in this town They need to release those feelings and not hold onto them."
A funeral for the Smiths will be held here next week at Nowata high school. Their family has set up a fun to help pay medical and travel expenses.
Donations can be made at Arvest Bank for the Davis-Smith family.
The pastor said the family doesn't want anyone to visit Ronald Davis while he's recovering at the hospital and instead ask supporters to write handwritten notes. Those can be dropped off at the Cornerstone Community Church or mailed to the church at 220 N Maple Street, Nowata, OK 74048.