Accident occurred near Chipley on I-10

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

David Goldsmith wept openly as he spoke of his 11-year-old daughter Micah, her love of life and her talent for singing.

“She was the ultimate kid. She loved to make people laugh. They loved going to church, praising the Lord and singing. Singing, that came natural to her.”

Micah was a cheerleader and a member of the West DeFuniak Elementary K-kids with an association to the area’s Kiwanis Club.

Nearly everyone at West DeFuniak Elementary knew Micah, said school principal Darlene Paul.

“That little girl had a beautiful smile. It could light up a room,” she said.

Goldsmith and Micah’s mother, Akyra Eiland, were no longer a couple at the time of Micah’s tragic death Saturday in a van accident on Interstate 10 near Chipley.

Goldsmith said the domestic situation didn’t allow him to see his daughter every day, but when he did it was like the two had never parted company.

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