Fairhope Police Still Investigating Friday Night Crash During Art Walk

UPDATE 2:41PM: The Fairhope Police Department’s Public Information’s Officer released the timeline of events leading up to the Friday night Fairhope crash:


On Friday, May 5, 2017, at approximately 6:52 p.m., a motor vehicle accident occurred on North Section Street between Pine Street and Oak Street in Fairhope.

According to witnesses, a Gray 2016 Kia Sorento was travelling northbound on Section Street in an erratic manner.  The vehicle left the travel lane and struck several cars which were legally parked adjacent to the curb.  A total of five (5) parked vehicles were damaged: a 2016 Toyota Tundra, a 2004 Acura TSX, a 2006 Toyota Prius, a 2015 Mazda 6, and a 2014 Honda Accord.  Each of the parked cars were unoccupied at the time of the collision.

The collision with the parked cars caused the Kia Sorento to overturn in the roadway.  The driver, later identified as Mr. Darnell Demarcus Dedrea Harshaw, Black/Male, age 19, of Mobile, AL, exited the car and fled on foot.  Responding officers were informed of his direction of travel, and pursued him on foot.  After a brief foot chase, Mr. Harshaw was taken into custody and arrested.  He was booked into the Fairhope Municipal Jail on a charge of attempting to elude police officers, and has since been released pending a court date.  Additional charges related to the collision may be filed when the full investigation is completed.

There were four additional occupants in the Kia at the time of the collision: three (3) seventeen (17) year old females and a one (1) year old male.  Although no injuries were reported, the one year old male was taken to the hospital for examination as a precaution.


Fairhope, AL (WKRG)

There are still a lot of questions this Sunday over what happened in a rollover crash during Fairhope’s First Friday Art Walk. The video was captured by a business owner. It shows seconds after the crash happened. Witnesses say an SUV was speeding through Section Street in the heart of downtown Friday evening. The driver ran off but was apprehended a short time later. Ultimately though, no one had any serious injuries. Some of the witnesses say that’s kind of a miracle.

“Just people walking here to see art walk, not crossing the street the moment that vehicle plowed through our area, to not hit somebody with a vehicle that out of control is unbelievable that those who were here for art walk did not get in the way of that vehicle,” said the Owner of Green Gates in Fairhope Rene Mashburn.  Her downtown business sits feet from the crash site.  Five vehicles parked on the street were also damaged.

We’ll have more on this story later today on News 5.

Several cars parked near where the SUV landed were also damaged.

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