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9-year-old hurt in rollover

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

MOORESVILLE — A 9-year-old boy suffered severe injuries in a wreck on a winding road in southeastern Limestone County on Friday evening.

A MedFlight helicopter flew the victim, Demario Laws, to Huntsville Hospital from an open field near the crash scene on Pryor Road between Pickens Lane and Swancott Road. A hospital spokeswoman said late Friday that Laws was being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit, but his condition was not immediately available.

Laws was a passenger in an eastbound sport utility vehicle that apparently flipped over and crashed into woods at the roadside, crushing the vehicle's cab on top of him, firefighters said.

State troopers said Laws' uncle, David Jones, 30, of Hunts-ville, drove the vehicle but he was not injured in the crash. Laws and Jones were the only occupants. Segers Fire Chief Don Spencer said Jones pulled Laws from the vehicle before emergency personnel arrived.

Troopers and firefighters said Jones told them he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle that crossed into his eastbound lane.

It appears the SUV overcorrected, crossing the westbound lane and leaving the roadway on the other side, then overturned as it re-entered the roadway, troopers said.

The crash left a series of deep gouges in the pavement. The SUV landed on its wheels in some trees close to the roadway.

Jones was arrested at the scene on an outstanding warrant from Morgan County on failure to appear for a speeding violation.

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