Crash Suspect Still on the Loose

By: Mike Tolbert
By: Mike Tolbert

Panama City police say they've been following leads all day, and like everyone else they want to resolve this case quickly.

They're hoping Henry Clayton Faison of Panama City can provide some closure. Right now they only want him for questioning.

This all started around 10:00 p.m. Monday night. A Springfield police officer clocked a man speeding down 2nd Street.

The officer turned around to pull the driver, but the dark gray Chevy sped away. By the time the officer caught up with him at the corner of Everitt Avenue and 2nd Court, the driver had slammed into a gold sedan, sending it airborne.

That driver, 23-year-old Quintin Mathis, was killed. The Chevy driver left his car and ran away. The police are still looking for him.

Quintin Mathis' family began making funeral arrangements Tuesday. They say he loved cars and was just in that area Monday night checking on his mother.

Understandably, they're angry because a loved one died innocently, and angry about what at first glance looked like a high speed chase.

Clyde Mathis, the brother, says, “Witnesses say the guy might of been clocked at 80 or 90 miles an hour, and they were chasing him. When does a pursuit become dangerous? They were speeding through a residential area.”

Both Panama City and Springfield police say this was not a chase. They say the suspect sped away before the officer could catch up with him.

If you have any information about this case, or about Henry Faison, please call the Panama City Police Department at 872-3112.


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