Brice Taylor dies after ATV crash

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Landmark News Service

The family of Brice Taylor, 20, who sustained injuries from an ATV crash June 30, announced Saturday morning on Facebook he had died.

“Early this morning, David Brice Taylor joined his sister, Brian­na Jewell-Rachae Taylor, in Heaven,” the post said.

Taylor’s death came 12 days after Brianna Taylor, 17, died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Deckard School Road and Patriot Parkway in Elizabethtown.

Taylor suffered a severe head injury after he was thrown onto pavement when his ATV collided with a deer around 12:30 a.m. June 30 on Springfield Road. Police reported Taylor was not wearing a helmet during the collision. Taylor was flown to University Hospital in Louisville and remained in critical care until his death Saturday morning. Taylor had gone with his parents to a memorial service in honor of his sister that night and his parents followed him home.

Early Tuesday morning, Taylor suffered a stroke. On Friday, Taylor was pronounced brain dead with no chance of recovery. His parents, David and Tonya Taylor, made the decision to donate his healthy organs.

Like his sister, Taylor played sports in school. A second basemen for the Elizabethtown High School Panthers, he was dedicated to his team.

“Brice was just a kid who was all heart,” Elizabethtown head coach Don Pitts said. “Everything he did, he did it 100 percent.”

Pitts said he visited Taylor at the hospital Thursday and discussed with a friend how he could see him becoming a coach.

“Beyond the field he was a leader,” Pitts said. “He never missed a practice and was thought highly of by everyone.”

During his stay in the hospital, the community of Elizabethtown, Hardin County and beyond, were praying for Taylor. Family, friends and strangers to the family took to Facebook and social media to express their thoughts.

A Facebook page, Fight for Brice, was created by family members Dana, Deana and Karen Taylor to share updates on his progress with the community and as a place for users to express their encouraging messages.

“I don’t know this family at all, I’ve only learned about this tragedy through Facebook, and my heart breaks for the parents of this young man,” a post from Tracy Lewis Hernandez read.

“Father God, I ask that you comfort this momma and daddy in this time of heartache and pain. Please wrap your arms around them and give them peace and comfort. Let them feel your love and help them to know that these accidents are not of your doing,” a comment by Andrea White Bloodworth read.

The community also showed their support by attending Bowl for Brice at Dix-E-Town Lanes and by signing a banner at Elizabethtown High School this week.

Brice and Brianna Taylor would have celebrated birthdays this month. Brice would have been 21 on July 10, and Brianna would be 18 on July 11.

Funeral arrangements for Brice Taylor are pending.