Benefit started for family of 2 year old killed in crash

Published 3:43 pm Friday, January 12, 2024

By Jack Dobbs, Bowling Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN — Two-year-old Jhavarion Peay’s favorite food was corn on the cob.

“You’ll never find a kid at 2 years old go to Golden Corral and eat two plates,” Jhavarion’s father Braxton Peay said.

Braxton, Jhavarion and Jhavarion’s 5-year-old sister J’cyonna were involved in a fatal car accident last weekend. Jhavarion was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Braxton said he received two black eyes and a dislocated shoulder in the accident, but he turned down medical attention on the scene to try to help his children.

“What I saw left me so damn traumatized, I shut down the medical attention” for himself, Peay said. “I didn’t care about it. The only thing I cared about was making sure my kids were safe.”

In the wake of the event, a GoFundMe has been set up to support the family. According to the GoFundMe page, titled Funeral and Medical Expenses, a goal of $10,000 has been set. Almost $8,000 was raised in the first five days.

The fundraiser was started by Kayla Rogers, the wife of Peay’s boss. Peay works as a cook at IHOP.

Peay said his goal with the funds is to give his son a good funeral.

“I’m trying to (give) my son a going home that he deserves,” Peay said. “I don’t think he deserves anything less.”

Peay said the pain of losing his son in the accident has been “unbearable.”

“My kids are my purpose,” Peay said. “Without them, I don’t care to even be on this Earth.”

Sabrania Clark, Jhavarion’s paternal grandmother, said her grandson was “amazing.”

Peay said his son was “full of energy … His smile was one in a million,” Peay said. “My son was one in a million. I’m never going to get that back.”

Jhavarion’s funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m at J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Chapel at 820 Lovers Lane. Jhavarion will be interred at Bowling Green Gardens Cemetery.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday for 32-year-old Jorge Lopez Iturbide, the driver who struck the Peays. Iturbide was charged with murder, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal mischief, driving with no operator’s license and driving under the influence, following his arraignment on Jan. 10, according to court records.