Escapee identified as driver in fatal crash

Apr 25, 2015

Martin Jay Creasman
Credit Alabama Department of Corrections

A 51 year old escapee from a Morgan County prison has been arrested on accusations that he stole a pickup truck and crashed it into two women, killing them both.

Birmingham police allege Martin Jay Creasman stole a pickup truck from a Birmingham auto shop, then crashed into a car containing 92 year old Margie Lovell and 69 year old Linda Jones. The two women were on their way to a church meeting. The Avondale United Methodist Church released a statement on Twitter saying Lovell and Jones were "well-loved" and "pillars of [their] congregation".

Authorities say Creasman had been arrested 60 times and been convicted of 28 felonies before Wednesday's crash. Creasman was sentenced to 13 years in prison in May 2013, and escaped from the Decatur Community Work Center on April 8. It was the 18th escape from the work center since 2010 and the first so far this year.

Police are currently seeking four felony warrants against him for reckless murder, auto theft and giving police a false name. As of Saturday evening, Creasman was at UAB Hospital under police guard.