TAMPA - Former Chamberlain High basketball player Arius Fayson, the motorcyclist killed late Saturday night after he crashed his motorcycle into the back of an SUV on Interstate 75, was remembered as a "real positive, upbeat, likable person."
Fayson, 26, was the older brother of former Hillsborough quarterback Jarred Fayson. Arius Fayson was traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 75 north of Fletcher Avenue when he slammed his 2007 Honda motorcycle into the back of the SUV.
The impact of the collision flung the elder Fayson and his motorcycle into the rear window of the SUV, forcing rescue workers to cut into the wreckage to free him and the bike, Florida Highway patrol troopers said. The driver and passenger of the SUV were not injured.
Upon receiving the news of his brother's death Sunday morning, Fayson flew home from the University of Illinois, where he is sitting out the upcoming season following his transfer from the University of Florida.
"He always used to say life was good," Jarred Fayson said. "He'd always brighten up your day when he came around."
Jarred Fayson said his brother was a co-owner of a local pizzeria and had recently begun a car detailing business.
Arius Fayson's coach at Chamberlain, Doug Aplin, said he remembers the district title his former player helped the Chiefs win.
"It was the '99 district finals against Gaither and he hit two free throws with just a few seconds left in overtime to win it for us by two points," Aplin said. "He may not have been the athlete his little brother was as far as speed but he had a knack for knowing how to play the game."
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Institutional Church.