Ja'Juan Williams remembered by loved ones at crash site

March 17, 2017 11:42 PM

COLONIE - It didn't matter if you knew Ja'Juan Williams for a day, a year or even a lifetime. 

"He was a fun person, always smiled and always kept people laughing, no matter what," Isaiah Everett explained.

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These friends will all tell you, Ja'Juan was a people person. 

He had a passion for driving cars, loved working on them and was good at selling them for a living. 

"You could go to him for anything if it was helping with your car or if you just needed somebody to talk to you, he did anything, he was always there for you," Everett added.

Ja'Juan's giving nature is also described in a Bishop Mcginn Facebook post. 

He once donated a week's salary from his part-time job, to buy 500 cans for a food drive.

His co-workers from Lia Nissan of Colonie referred to Ja'Juan "Mr. Bowtie."

They say he wore them so people would trust and respect him more as a salesman even though he put in the work, always arriving before everyone in the morning and he was usually the last one to leave.

"When I first heard about it I instantly called him to make sure it wasn't him because I can't believe that my childhood friend would, you know- that something like this would happen to anybody but I just couldn't believe it would happen to him," Everett said.

Ja'Juan was heading home after work when his car hit a snowbank, flew through the air and came to a stop after smashing into a utility pole.

Police say Ja'Juan likely died on impact. 

Some here say, knowing that he didn't suffer provides the smallest amount of solace in an unimaginable loss.  

"I just know he's just looking over all of us at this point and all I want to say is Ja'Juan, I love you, you will always be my brother and I will never forget you, at all," Everett said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash on Thursday night at 6:30pm is encouraged to give police a call.


Karen Tararache

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