Police: Man fleeing UAH officer strikes, kills motorcyclist on his birthday

Police: Man fleeing UAH officer strikes, kills motorcyclist on his birthday

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police have released more information on a fatal motorcycle wreck that happened Friday near the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Investigators said it started with a police pursuit at approximately 12:40 p.m. Police said Antonio Fearn Jr., 31, fled from a traffic stop conducted by a UAH police officer after UAH received a report that Fearn’s vehicle had possibly been involved in a recent breaking-and-entering case on campus. Police said Fearn crossed the median at Holmes Avenue and Ben Graves Drive into the oncoming lanes, traveling westbound on Holmes Avenue into the eastbound lanes in an attempt to elude the officer.

The UAH officer lost sight of Fearn as he was approaching Sparkman Drive. He reportedly went straight through the intersection of Holmes Avenue and Sparkman Drive, going westbound.

Police said as Fearn came through the intersection, he lost control of his vehicle and struck a motorcycle operated by Michael Redding, who was stopped for the red light in the eastbound lanes just west of the intersection. Redding was transported to Huntsville Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.

Friday was Redding’s 54th birthday.

The crash caused the motorcycle to strike another vehicle that was also stopped at the light.

Antonio Fearn Jr. (Source: Madison County Jail)
Antonio Fearn Jr. (Source: Madison County Jail) (Source: Madison County Jail)

After the crash, Fearn continued driving for several hundred feet then abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot, according to police. He was quickly located by a Huntsville K-9 unit and taken into custody.

Jail records show he is charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and attempting to elude a police officer.

Redding’s funeral is set for Monday, August 27 at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory at 4 p.m. Visitation will be before the funeral at 2:00 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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