65 Year-Old Killed, HCHS Student Hospitalized After Monday Evening Wreck

Habersham Co. - Hayward Cochran, 65, of Toccoa passed away during a fatal wreck Monday evening, Feb. 24, while Charles Hadden Carswell, 17, of Toccoa was hospitalized for his injuries.

According to Sgt. C.J. Coffee of Georgia State Patrol Post 7 in Toccoa, the accident occurred around 5:57 p.m. on “GA 17 Alternate near Glore Road in Habersham County.”

Carswell was driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler going southbound on Ga. 17 Alternate south of Glore Road when he crossed the double yellow center line into the northbound lane.

At the same time, Cochran was driving a 2008 Ford Econoline going northbound on GA 17 Alternate.  

Carswell proceeded to strike Cochran’s vehicle on the “driver's side front with its driver's side front,” Coffee says.

Carswell then “rotated counter-clockwise while traveling off the west shoulder of the roadway,” Coffee says. Cochran “rotated counterclockwise while traveling off the east shoulder of the roadway. Vehicle 2 (Cochran) overturned while traveling down the embankment and came to rest on its top facing south on the east side of the roadway.”

Carswell came to rest facing west on the west side of the road.  

Cochran was instantly killed, according to Habersham County Coroner Kasey McEntire.  

Carswell was injured in the crash and was transported to Northeast  Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

The community is taking action on social media to show support to the family of Carswell during this time. 

Habersham Raider Nation posts on Facebook after the wreck, “HCHS Linebacker, #33, Hadden Carswell, was critically injured in a serious vehicle collision this evening. As he's currently in surgery, the Habersham Raider Nation sends up prayers for Hadden and his family.”

Carswell’s family has even made a social media page to keep everyone informed on his conditions.

Early Tuesday morning, the family writes “As most of you know, our beautiful, sweet boy, Hadden, was involved in a fatal car accident last night. He made it through surgery and is in stable but critical condition. He is sedated and in a medically induced coma. The next few days are going to be very important in his recovery. He has an uphill battle but I know that God has him in His hands. Please pray for minimal swelling and for his body and brain to heal. Please also pray for the family who lost their loved one last night.”

The post continues, “I want to thank everyone for your texts, calls and visits. I am amazed at the level of support our sweet boy has. The second-floor waiting room in the North Tower at NGMC was filled last night with his friends and their families, his coaches, his athletic director, his principal, his athletic trainers, our pastor, his youth pastor and many other folks from Level Grove Baptist. We owe a big thank you to Sheriff Joey Terrell for bringing EMS Director Chad Black with him last night so we could get information more quickly.”

“So many of you have texted or called or messaged me that I cannot keep up with responses, so I created this page to keep you updated as to Hadden’s progress. Feel free to share this page with whomever you would like,” the family writes. “So many of you have asked Chris and I if we need anything. At this point, we simply need your prayers. Hadden will need you all later as he travels down his road to recovery.”

The emotional family writes, “Hold your loved ones tight and tell them you love them every chance you get.”