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Decatur teen killed in crash near Trinity

By Evan Belanger · 340-2442

Less than two weeks before starting a job with United Launch Alliance, a Decatur teen died Friday from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident near Trinity.

Dakota Douglas Morgan, 18, was a 2007 graduate of West Morgan High School and a scholarship student at Calhoun Community College.

He apparently lost control of his SUV and skidded down a steep embankment at about 10:30 p.m. Friday on Lawrence County 460. State troopers reported he was not wearing his seat belt.

No other injuries were reported.

Friends and family described Morgan as an excellent student, who started college the day after he graduated from high school. He was set to begin a school-cooperative job at ULA on Aug. 27.

“He was on the road to many great things, and then this terrible accident had to happen,” said his father, Doug Morgan.

Teachers and administrators at West Morgan High said the loss of their former student would be felt deeply throughout the school and community. Morgan lived less than a mile from the school.

Principal Billy Hopkins Jr. said Morgan was “very popular” with the students and staff.

“Dakota was at the school just last week to pick up his annual. He stopped and saw several of his teachers and me,” Hopkins said. “He was talking to me about how he was in school and really doing a very good job.”

Despite holding a job while
in high school, teachers said, Morgan was active in a number of extracurricular activities.

One of those was the Scream Team, students who travel with athletic teams to rally crowd support.

Always active

He was also an active mem-ber of DECA or Distributive Education Clubs of America, a student marketing association.

“Even though he had a work life, he was always very invol-ved in school events and supported school programs,” said Craig Cleveland, the West Morgan DECA coordinator.

Funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Shelton Funeral Home Chapel.

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