Family upset that no charges are being filed in deadly motorcycle crash

Family upset that no charges are being filed in deadly motorcycle crash
A red Mercury sedan was involved in the deadly wreck. Source: WBRC video
A red Mercury sedan was involved in the deadly wreck. Source: WBRC video
The coroner identified the victim of the motorcycle crash as Kaylan Perry, 21, of Fairfield.
The coroner identified the victim of the motorcycle crash as Kaylan Perry, 21, of Fairfield.

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham police say at this time, no charges will be filed in a deadly crash that killed a motorcyclist on Sunday afternoon.

The Jefferson County Coroner's office identified the victim as Kaylan Kamonta Perry, a 21-year-old from Fairfield. Perry was killed when a Mercury sedan struck his motorcycle, causing it to crash into a power pole outside of Paul Pierce Body Shop.

The wreck happened around 2:40 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Jefferson Avenue Southwest in front of an A1 Service Station.

One angle of surveillance video shows a red car and blue motorcycle approaching the gas station and colliding near the entrance to the gas station. What you can't clearly see is that the motorcyclist flies off and onto the ground.

A second camera angle shows the moment of impact as the motorcycle rider hits the hood of the car.

But Perry's family says there's a third angle of video from a GoPro camera Perry was wearing at the time of the crash.

Birmingham police won't say how that video is playing into the investigation, if at all.

Investigators say according to the videos they've seen, both parties appear to be reckless in their behavior, but they say it appears the motorcyclist, Perry, was the agitator in this circumstance.

Police say that he pursued the car and that as a result, at this time, no charges will be filed against those who hit him.

"Our preliminary investigation believes the accident was a result of the car and the motorcycle driving at a high rate of speed," Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards said in a press release. "There is a strong indication that both vehicles were racing."

Perry's grandmother, Arnita Cade, said Perry wasn't the initiator, but that he was scared and running for his life from those in the car, a group of boys from Chicago who she said had it in for him.

Cade said just last week they had beaten him up over a situation involving a girl who liked Perry and was upset that he didn't like her back.

"They stole him too quick. They did. I raised him from a baby. He went to Hawaii once and to Texas. But I brought him here to protect him. And they took him from me. Justice is not right. If they let them go, justice is not right because you know what, they're going to kill someone else's son. They will," Cade said.

Cade says another reason she believes her grandson was targeted is because she says she saw the car involved in the collision riding by her house at least two to three times in the last few weeks.

"When a gang gets mad and they get something out, they don't stop until they do what they want to do and they did it.  They killed him.  And I talked to Kaylan and he said, 'These guys are just punk guys.' And I said, 'Those guys are not like the Birmingham guys.  They will kill you and kill your family'," she said.

Cade says the family is also frustrated because they have been the ones reaching out to police, asking them to hear the full story.  They say investigators have not tried to reach the family at all during this ordeal.

Family members have requested a meeting with the police chief, hoping he will hear what they have to say and that in turn, someone will be held responsible for Perry's death.

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