Friends identify wheelchair bound accident victim

KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow)

Friends of his said Thomas Davis would ride his wheelchair on Enterprise Avenue in Kalaeloa to get to and from the shelter that he had recently moved into.

"He was very nice. Very friendly. He loved kids," Paul Chapman said.

Chapman leads a Bible study Davis attended for the past year. The group meets Wednesday night's in a Starbucks in Kapolei. Chapman said Davis was deaf.

"He would attend our Bible study and whenever we were talking we had to make sure that he could see our lips so he could follow along in the conversation," he said.

Davis suffered from arthritis. He was in his wheelchair Friday night when he was struck by a police car on Enterprise Avenue. Police said he was in a traffic lane. There are no streetlights or sidewalks where the accident happened.

Chapman and others who knew Davis are certain he was the man who was killed.

"Positive. No one has seen him," Chapman said.

On his Facebook page Davis talks about being homeless in Hawaii. Chapman said most nights, Davis slept at a bus stop on Farrington Highway near Starbucks. Six weeks ago he was accepted into a Kalaeloa shelter.

"He didn't have to carry all of his belongings with him everywhere he went," Chapman said. "He had his bag, a backpack, his cell phone, his tablet. He was on Facebook. He was all connected. Getting into the shelter was a big deal."

Davis was 44 years old. Chapman said Davis told him he came to Hawaii with high hopes, got sick, and fell into homelessness. Still, he kept an upbeat attitude.

"He really changed a lot for me, internally in my heart. I'm glad that I got to know him," Chapman said.

On his Facebook page Davis references Boston as his hometown. Photographs show him before he moved to Hawaii, then after he got here and started living on the streets.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now his family knows about his death.

"Nobody deserves to be forgotten because everybody is somebody's son, somebody's brother, somebody's friend. Tom was our brother in Christ and he was our friend," Chapman said.

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