Claysburg man faces charges in fatal crash

Altoona woman killed in July motorcycle accident

A Claysburg man faces charges in a July motorcycle crash that killed his passenger.

Michael P. Feathers, 29, of 279 Walter Hollow Road was arraigned Tuesday morning on a felony charge of accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed stemming from a motorcycle crash July 14 that killed his passenger, 37-year-old Misty A. Aman of Altoona.

Aman was riding on the back of Feathers’ 1995 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle when the bike hit a deer that had walked onto the 3500 block of Scotch Valley Road about 10:30 p.m.

According to charges filed by state police before Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner, Feathers told the trooper at the scene he “grabbed both brakes but was unable to avoid hitting the deer” that had walked out from his right onto the road. After hitting the deer, the motorcycle slid down the road as did Feathers and Aman.

Feathers told the trooper at the scene that Aman had been wearing a helmet but had taken it off sometime during the ride. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police indicated that Feathers’ driver’s license was suspended for one year effective May 9 for his guilty plea to a 2016 fleeing police charge. Feathers told state police he did receive a letter from PennDOT about his suspended license but he did not think it took effect until after his July 5 birthday.

State police pointed out that Feathers only had a motorcycle learner’s permit but never obtained a class M license. Holders of a motorcycle learner’s permit can only operate a motorcycle between sunrise and sunset and are prohibited from carrying passengers unless carrying a person with a valid motorcycle license, according to the state vehicle code.

Feathers was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.