The incident, which took place on GA 17 Alternate near Glore Road in Habersham County near the Stephens County line, according to Georgia State Patrol reports, happened around 6 p.m. and Habersham County emergency officials said both drivers were trapped in their vehicles when first responders arrived. Toccoa businessman Hayward Cochran Jr., 65, owner of Cochran Cleaning Service on Sherri Lane and a deacon at Crossroads Baptist Church, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Charles Hadden Carswell, a junior at Habersham Central High School and the driver of the second vehicle, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with critical injuries. A post on the Habersham Little League Facebook page at approximately 10:30 p.m. last night updated his condition.
"Hadden has come through surgery and although he still has a long road to recovery we believe in the power or prayer and that he is in God's Hands!!!! Please continue to pray for complete healing- this child is fighting and SO WILL WE," the post said.
Carswell, who was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler southbound on GA 17 Alternate south of Glore Road, "crossed the double yellow center line into the northbound lane," stated a report from Georgia State Patrol Post 7 received by ConnectLocal.News at 9:30 a.m. this morning.
The front of Carswell's Jeep struck a 2008 Ford Econoline driven by Cochran in the drivers side front, causing Cochran's Econoline to flip over as it traveled down the embankment and came to rest on its top, facing south on the east side of the roadway, the report stated. Carswell's Jeep spun clockwise and slid off the east shoulder of the roadway.
Carswell is a member of the varsity baseball team and is a linebacker on the Habersham Central High School Raiders football team, according to school information. He is the son of Mountain Judicial District Juvenile Court Judge B. Nichole Carswell and Chris Carswell.