12-year-old makes miraculous recovery after hit-and-run

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 06:37:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A kid has made a miraculous recovery after a hit-and-run driver crashed into him while he was riding his bike.

In March, Javarrion ‘Jay’ Fizer was fighting for his life after he was struck by a driver on Richmond Hills Drive in Madison. After the hit-and-run he was in a medically induced coma due to a severe brain injury.

“He has a cut about 3 inches on the back of his head, so he had staples there, he broke his pelvis bone, and everything,” Ericka Fizer, the boy's mother, said.

On Sunday the 12-year-old was able to see his family and friends for the first time in months at a welcome home party. He recently left a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta, and Ericka Fizer said her son still has a long road ahead.

“So surreal that he’s standing here looking so handsome,” Ericka Fizer said, “It’s called post-traumatic amnesia so he forgets stuff, and he has a very short attention span.”

Jay was thankful for the outpouring of support. He looks forward to going back to school one day, and he misses playing football.

“Rehab is two to three times a week. He’ll be doing occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy,” Ericka Fizer said.

Ericka hopes by sharing Jay’s story that other people will be careful when they're driving around kids who are on their bikes.

The driver, Devonta Hall, was arrested for the hit-and-run by gang unit detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department back in March. At the time of the incident, he was wanted on an outstanding warrant.