Three months after the accident, losing legs, Columbus basketball star AJ Davis is still fighting


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – On May 5 of this year, a driver struck someone along the exit ramp of I-70 westbound to Hamilton Road in Columbus.

The next day everyone learned that the victim was playing for a local semi-professional basketball team. His injuries were so severe that the doctors had to amputate his legs.

AJ Davis’ first extended interview since that accident was with NBC4 anchor Kerry Charles.

“I am doing very well,” he said. “I mean, it’s everyone’s biggest question when they come in contact with me, how am I mentally, spiritually and physically. I’m pretty good.

In addition to his injuries, Davis was also isolated in hospital due to a positive COVID-19 test.

It all started when Davis saw a homeless man asking for help. Davis said his daughter, who is now 6, was sitting in the car as he went to get groceries from his trunk to give to the man.

It was then that a driver struck him.

At the time, investigators believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. At the last check, this conductor was not debited.

Since his injuries, Davis has found his way.

VIDEO: Witness describes what he saw when he came across crash that injured AJ Davis

“I keep going from day to day and people just ask me, ‘How can you wake up in a good mood and have a smile on your face and act like this hasn’t happened? “Davis said.” Because I’m not going to let that stop me from doing the things I want to do. Yes, I might not have the lower limbs to do the things I want to do, but I can always do other things too, so I won’t let that stop me.

In high school, Davis played Linden-McKinley, leading his team to title games. He joined the University of Wyoming basketball team before transferring to James Madison University. He also performed abroad.

Joseph Priest was at the scene that night in May when the accident occurred. He called 911.

“Man, that was something like a movie,” Priest said. “It was horrible. It was – I don’t wish anybody would see something like this ever. It was difficult to understand for a long time.

The priest said he saw Davis, his legs non-functional, dragging himself from the back of his vehicle to the front seat. Davis said he had to watch his daughter and ask her to call her mother.

“He was consistent the whole time,” Priest said. “He crawled to his driver’s seat and just sat there.”

Above: NBC 4’s Kerry Charles talks about interviewing AJ Davis.

Davis said that while he wants to be angry, it’s not what God has planned for him.

“I want to carry this pain and this anger, but if I carry it, it will end my blessings and what He has planned for me,” he said.

This philosophy has repercussions on the driver of the vehicle that struck it.

“’There is no pain in my heart towards you, I have nothing against you,” Davis said he would tell her. “‘Like, yeah, the situation changed my life, but there’s no hard feelings or anything that I hold or hate towards you.'”

Davis continues to occupy himself. In July, James Madison University asked him to coach the school’s alumni team in the July basketball tournament.

As for questioning the night that changed his life …

“It’s just a hit or miss,” Davis said. “It’s like, ‘Why me? But, then again, I’ve always been taught not to question the man above and his abilities and what he has planned for you. So I take it pretty much on a day-to-day basis and watch it like he has something bigger for me in the shot. Maybe this was a trip for me that I procrastinated for too long and that’s what it took for me to make that leap into something different. So I just look at him like that.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover Davis’ medical and living expenses.

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