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Motorcyclist killed in Priceville wreck

Published 4:44pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A three-vehicle accident on Alabama 67 in Priceville caused the death of a motorcycle driver early Wednesday morning.

Mark Montgomery, 45, of Decatur was pronounced dead on the scene by Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn following the 4:30 a.m. mishap.

Chunn said Montgomery, a welder for Matthews Industries in Decatur, died from blunt force trauma to the head and chest. His body was sent to the state forensics lab in Montgomery for documentation of his injuries.

The accident occurred at the Pilot Travel Center as Montgomery’s motorcycle and an 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck collided. The truck, driven by Richard Lawhorn of Pisgah, was exiting the travel center and turning south on Alabama 67 while Montgomery was headed north on his way to work.

Montgomery was knocked off his motorcycle and landed in a southbound lane. He was then hit by a car driven by James Collins, 36, of Decatur, who was driving south.

Priceville Police Chief Billy Peebles said the car failed to stop, but the driver later returned to Priceville Police Department, where he was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He was taken to Morgan County Jail and later released under a $2,500 bail bond.

Investigation of the accident is continuing.

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