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Fourth person dies after Decatur truck-car crash; coroner identifies victims

Fourth person dies after Decatur truck-car crash; coroner identifies victims


DECATUR — Four people died in an early-morning Monday collision between a car and a semi-truck in Decatur, authorities said. 

Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day identified the victims as Shonez Harper, 23, and Armani Cooper, 23, both men, and and Keithsah C.S. Bowman, 20, and Brittany King, 19, both women. All were from Decatur. 

Harper was pronounced dead in the operating room of Decatur Memorial Hospital at 6:05 a.m. Monday. He died from "closed head trauma and massive internal torso injuries," according to Day.

The other victims died from injuries ranging from "traumatic arrest" to internal and head trauma, Day said.  

They were in a car that collided with the truck at 2:43 a.m. at Water Street and Grand Avenue. Decatur police Lt. Jon D. Quehl said the semi was heading north on Water Street and the car was traveling east on Grand Avenue and collided at the intersection controlled by traffic lights.

Quehl said there were six people riding in the car, five of whom were taken to hospital; the condition of the fifth passenger is not known.

Quehl said the driver fled the scene on foot but was later found.

The truck driver was not listed as being hurt. Police said their Fatal Accident Investigation Team is continuing to probe and reconstruct what happened.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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