Isaac Batrum


Decatur police are looking for information on a hit-and-run accident that left a Decatur man dead Sunday.

The fatality was one of three traffic deaths during the weekend. An Elkmont High football player and a 48-year-old Elkmont man died in separate Limestone County wrecks.

Decatur police said Ricardo Dewayne Brown, 42, of Decatur, was a pedestrian in the 400 block of 12th Avenue Northwest early Sunday morning when he was apparently struck by a vehicle that left the scene.

Police said they responded to a Morgan County 911 call at 4:33 a.m. Sunday reporting an unresponsive man in the middle of the road. Brown was transported to the Decatur Morgan Hospital by ambulance.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn said Brown was pronounced dead about an hour later from injuries to his head and chest.

Decatur police are looking for a white-colored vehicle with damage to its front end. They said damage to the hood and windshield of the vehicle is possible. Police do not have information on the make or model of the vehicle that drove off. They believe the vehicle was traveling south on 12th Avenue Northwest at the time of the incident.

Police said anyone with information on the wreck should contact the Police Department at 256-341-4600.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Elkmont High School senior Isaac D. Batrum died when the vehicle he was driving ran off East Limestone Road about 1:10 p.m. Saturday.

Limestone Coroner Mike West said Batrum was pronounced dead by the deputy coroner at 2:07 p.m. Saturday.

Troopers reported Batrum was driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima when he ran off the road and struck a culvert between Copeland Road and Mystic Dawn Road, about 3 miles north of East Limestone High School. West said Batrum was not wearing a seat belt.

Batrum was an offensive lineman wearing No. 50 for the Elkmont Red Devils football team this season.

The single-vehicle wreck injured Montana Worley, 16, also of Elkmont, according to troopers. She was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman. A family member said Worley was Batrum's girlfriend.

"There was a car behind them and they said he wasn't speeding," said Batrum's aunt, April Thompson. "He was just driving perfectly fine and it just looked like the car went out of control. ... He was an awesome kid. ... I just don't even know what to say. He was just a precious person. We want everyone to know how much he was loved and how much he's going to be missed."

Limestone County Schools Superintendent Thomas Sisk said Worley is a former student at Elkmont High School and is currently home-schooled.

“I’m deeply saddened by this tragic loss for both families,” Sisk said. “I understand Worley has a long road to recovery in front of her.”

Sisk said school counselors from across the county were shifting to Elkmont High beginning Monday to help students and staff cope with the tragedy. He said the school system has a partnership with Nova Counseling Center in Huntsville to provide assistance in traumatic times.

Funeral services for Batrum will be at 2 p.m. today at Ardmore Chapel with burial to follow in Roselawn Cemetery, according to the funeral home.

In the third traffic death, West said Ronald Lee Haggard, 48, of Elkmont, died Saturday night when the truck he was driving flipped several times after running off the road.

West said Haggard was driving south on Alabama 99 when he apparently lost control and ran off the road and then back onto the road before the truck flipped several times. He was partially ejected and was not wearing a seat belt, West said.

The accident was reported at 10:18 p.m. and state troopers are investigating.

Also, a Lawrence County High junior is still in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital after being involved in a one-vehicle accident Oct. 19, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Justus Logan, of Moulton, was airlifted to the hospital and remains in the surgical intensive care unit, the spokeswoman said.

The one-vehicle accident at 7:56 p.m. Oct. 19 on Byler Road 1 mile west of Moulton claimed the life of Lawrence County senior Makenzi Jon Farley, 18, of Moulton.

Two other Lawrence County High juniors, Kenzi Bond and Raley Heflin, were also involved in the wreck but received medical treatment locally and were released.

Chunn and West urged motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid distracted driving.

“Fatalities can oftentimes be avoided by wearing a seat belt,” West said. “Many times, a person is killed as a result of being ejected during an accident.”

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