Former Judge Cornwell Injured in Sunday Car Accident

A local attorney and former Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge is reportedly injured in a two-car accident over the weekend in Habersham County.

61-year-old James “Jim” Cornwell of Clarkesville was injured in the accident on Georgia Highway 17 Alternate Sunday afternoon.

According to the Toccoa post of the Georgia State Patrol, just after noon on Sunday, a 2008 Dodge Caliber SXT driven by 21-year-old James Levi Justus of Toccoa pulled out of a private driveway on the 200 block of Highway 17 Alternate, also known as Talmadge Drive, attempting to go north.

Cornwell, driving a 1997 Mazda B2300, was traveling south on 17 Alternate.

The GSP report stated that Justus failed to maintain lane and crossed over the centerline into the southbound lane.

At that point, authorities said that Cornwell moved onto the shoulder of the road to avoid the collision, then overcorrected and ended up crossing the roadway, striking a hydrant and a mailbox.

According to the GSP, Cornwell was taken to Habersham Medical Center by ground for treatment of facial injuries. Neither Justus nor a passenger in his vehicle suffered any injuries.

The GSP said Justus was cited for failure to maintain lane.