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Decatur wreck injures 5, 1 critically

By Chris Paschenko
chris@decaturdaily.com · 340-2442

A dispute among three women preceded a two-car wreck Saturday in Decatur that injured five people, including one critically.

Decatur Daily newspaper carrier Clarence Miller said he heard an argument and saw two women get out of a car at Alabama 20 and Beltline Road about 2:30 p.m. The car had been northbound on Beltline Road.

The driver pursued the women in her car, Miller said, and pulled into a driveway he was resting in, which was about a block west of the intersection on the south side of Alabama 20.

The two women refused to return to the car and crossed four lanes of Alabama 20, Miller said.

“She parked under a shade tree and tried to tell them to get back in the car,” Miller said. “But they had already crossed the road. She spun off, backed up, made a U-turn (in the driveway) and never checked up. She went straight into traffic.”

One car traveling east on Alabama 20 missed the car, Miller said.

“The other didn’t,” Miller said. “I called 911.”

Decatur firefighters found the driver conscious but critically injured after a sport utility vehicle collided with the car’s driver door.

Driver

The driver, identified as Zsaquez Murphy, 50, of Decatur, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown into the front passenger seat, according to state troopers and Decatur firefighters.

MedFlight flew her to Huntsville Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition late Saturday.

An ambulance took at least one of the four injured occupants of the SUV to an unknown area hospital.

Troopers identified the
driver of the SUV as Africa Collins, 28, of Decatur, and the three passengers as Natonya McCree, 36, Odyssity McCree 10, and Nautica Matthews, 7. Their conditions weren’t known.

Rebecca Espy said she was one of the women involved in the dispute. She said she is a recovering drug addict who is winning her battle with addiction. She said Murphy is a counselor at Grace House on Alabama 20.

A recorded message said Grace House is a women’s recovery center. A message left with the center wasn’t returned.

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