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Decatur firefighters and paramedics work to stabilize Garland Brown, 33, after he was struck by a car on Alabama 20 West on Tuesday night.
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Decatur firefighters and paramedics work to stabilize Garland Brown, 33, after he was struck by a car on Alabama 20 West on Tuesday night.

Decatur man struck by car; status critical

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com . 340-2355

A pedestrian struck by a car while crossing Alabama 20 in Decatur remained in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital's emergency room late Tuesday.

Garland Brown, 33, of Decatur was flown to Huntsville following a collision in front of Bud's Convenience Store No. 9 at about 8:30 p.m.

Oliver Boroum and his wife, Deborah, were heading west to Hillsboro, where Oliver Boroum is an associate minister at First Baptist Church, when Brown apparently crossed the roadway headed north to the gas station.

"He came running across the street in those dark clothes and I just saw him out of the corner of my eye. . . . All I saw was something dark come across my windshield," Boroum said.

Brown's wife, Beverly Little, appeared at the scene and broke down in tears.

An accident on that same roadway on June 28 paralyzed her sister, Marcia Johnson, from the neck down. Johnson, who apparently was having car trouble, climbed out and was struck by another vehicle.

Now, Little said, she would have to relate the awful news of another wreck to the couple's four children — Jaerred Jolly, 15, Rachel Jolly, 14, Tiana Little, 7, and Zachariah Little, 5.

"He's a good man," she said. "He's a good dad. My kids are spoiled because of him."

The Boroums tried to console Little despite their own distress, joining hands in prayer with her and members of their church at the roadside.

"Just help us and pray for us. God in heaven knows we need some prayer," Little said before climbing into a car with church members, who drove her to Huntsville Hospital to be with her husband.

"It really shakes you up, you know," said Oliver Boroum. "I've been driving 70 years and never had an accident like this."

James Burns said that, from what he saw from the nearby Bud's parking lot, there was no way Boroum could have stopped.

Lloyd Wiggins also was in the parking lot but did not see the collision. "It was a weird noise like lightning," he said. "After it hit him, he never did move."

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