A 49-year-old Alcoa man was killed Sunday after police said an 18-year-old man tried to steal several car stereos from a flea market and then turned into oncoming traffic while fleeing.
Stephen L. Adams of West Edison Street, Alcoa, died in the collision. Christopher Lashonn Crider was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and two counts of felony reckless endangerment by Alcoa police. He was held in lieu of $850,000 pending a 1:30 p.m. Thursday General Sessions Court hearing.
Alcoa police reported Crider was driving through the Green Acres Flea Market when he tried to steal some car stereos. At some point, he sped away from the vendor and almost hit several vendors before veering out of the market, police said.
Officials said the 18-year-old pulled into northbound lanes of Alcoa Highway going southbound just before he struck Adams’ motorcycle head-on as it was traveling northbound. Although he fled on foot from the wreck, a group of bystanders caught him less than half a mile away at the BP convenience store before Alcoa police took him into custody.