Posted: Monday, February 25th 2013 at 11:00am
Former judge hurt in Sunday wreck
By Rob Moore Editor
TOCCOA – Toccoa attorney and former Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge James “Jim” Cornwell of Clarkesville was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Sunday.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, the wreck happened at 12:18 p.m. Sunday on Georgia Highway 17 Alternate (Talmadge Drive) south of Black Mountain Road in Habersham County.
Cornwell, 61, was traveling south on Georgia 17 Alternate in a 1997 Mazda B2300 pickup, the report states.
A 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT was turning right from a private driveway at 275 Talmadge Drive, and was attempting to travel north on Georgia 17 Alternate, the report states. The driver of that vehicle, 21-year-old James Levi Justus of Toccoa, failed to maintain his lane of travel and crossed over the centerline of the road.
Cornwell traveled onto the west shoulder attempting to avoid a collision with the other vehicle, the report states. He then overcorrected and crossed to the east side of Georgia 17 Alternate. The vehicle struck a fire hydrant with the left front, then a mailbox with the right side.
Cornwell, who was wearing a lap and shoulder belt, suffered facial injuries and was taken by ground to Habersham Medical Center. He later was transferred to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he remained Monday afternoon.
Neither Justus nor his passenger, 70-year-old Joyce Littleton Pace of Toccoa, was hurt. Justus was cited by GSP for failure to maintain lane.
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