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‘This was a big shock’: 16-year-old Hale Co. student dies in car accident

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 9:58 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 5:17 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - An Akron teen died in a car accident Sunday night, according to a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

At approximately 11:15 p.m. on November 14, 16-year-old Akron teenager, Timothy Croxton, was fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash when the car the teen was driving left Hale County 21 and struck a culvert.

Timmy Croxton had an infectious smile and a vibe that people liked and gravitated to according to his principal and coaches at Hale County High School.

HCHS Principal Ronnie Garner says despite having counselors and ministers at the school for the past two days to help students, some of them are not dealing well with Croxton’s death.

Garner said, “We had students come in today that were still visibly shaken and needed assistance.”

Timothy Croxton
Timothy Croxton(Family, HCHS principal)

“When you face something like this, it touches every aspect of every family,” said Luke Laird, football coach.

Croxton was a 16-year-old junior who excelled in sports and the classroom according to Garner.

“This was a big shock to the adults, for the kids and everybody in between. We just needed to have that love and support,” Garner said.

Croxton’s friends and teammates are already stepping up in his memory.

“The guys have already texted me and say they’re going to dedicate the rest of the season to Timmy. We gone Turn Up for Timmy. That’s what the young folks say, Turn Up,” said basketball coach Antwan Butler.

We’re told students at Hale County High School are considering raising money for Croxton’s family and signing something that can be presented to them to show his family how his friends loved him.

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