Three young men with strong ties to Atmore and the immediate area have succumbed to injuries they suffered recently in separate accidents.
Devin Matthew “Lil Man” Morrow, 21, and 19-year-old Zachary Mark “Zach” Locklar each passed away within the past week after clinging to life for extended periods in Mobile hospitals. Nathan Allen Hawthorne, 17, died Dec. 4 from injuries he suffered that day when hit by a car in Jacksonville, Fla.
Morrow was an Atmore resident and son of Tommy Morrow of Poarch and Michelle Milstid of Perdido.
According to Alabama State Trooper reports, Morrow suffered his injuries in a single-vehicle car crash that happened November 26 on Interstate 65. Reports show that he was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma around 5:24 a.m., when he ran off the interstate about five miles south of Stockton, near mile marker 38.2.
The truck reportedly overturned, and Morrow, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was critically injured.
Reports did not specify whether or not he was ejected from the vehicle.
However, according to friends, he was ejected from his truck and run over by an 18-wheeler. He lost his left leg and suffered injuries to his right leg, right arm and pelvis.
He passed away Thursday, December 8, and was buried Sunday, December 11, at Judson Creek Indian Cemetery.
Locklar, a 2016 graduate of Escambia County High School and son of Dawn Kelley of Pine Grove and Mark Locklar of Robertsdale, died Sunday at USA Medical Center and was buried Tuesday at Pine Grove Cemetery. His grandmother, Mary Blackmon, is a teacher at Escambia Academy.
Locklar was a member of the ECHS band drumline. The band’s Christmas concert, held Monday, December 12, was dedicated to his memory.
Trooper reports show that Locklar was injured around 4:05 p.m., December 1, when his 1995 Buick LeSabre ran off U.S. 31, about five miles north of Bay Minette at mile marker 24.7, and struck a tree.
He reportedly suffered several broken bones and had been expected to recover, but other internal injuries were too severe to overcome.
Hawthorne, son of Jammie Colley of Jacksonville and Craig Hawthorne of England, recently moved to Jacksonville to live with his mother, according to a family friend. His grandfather is Pastor Jim Colley of Walnut Hill, who preaches at First Apostolic Church in Flomaton.
Hawthorne’s funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. this Thursday, December 15, from Assembly of God Church in Atmore. Visitation will be held from noon until time of the service. He will then be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Hawthorne was reportedly mortally injured when he was struck by a vehicle along a Jacksonville street. Details of the fatal accident were unavailable by Tuesday’s press deadline.