Hale County High student killed in crash Sunday

Hale County Student Dies

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

Hale County High School is in mourning after the sudden loss of one of its students Sunday night.

Timothy Croxton, 17, was killed in a wreck on County Road 21 near Tooson Road. Law enforcement officials informed the school’s administration of the tragedy Monday morning.

HCHS administrators said they’re prioritizing students’ mental health in the wake of Timothy’s death.

“We want to be here to support them in any way,” said HCHS Principal Ronnie Garner. “A lot of resources came together really quickly to support our school here and it was needed. And it will be needed throughout the next week, and probably beyond that.”

West Alabama Mental Health, Ministerial Alliance and local school counselors came together to develop a team to facilitate grief counseling in the school.

HCHS Basketball coach Antwan Butler said Timothy was a student-athlete well liked by his peers and was known for having a good heart.

Butler said he plans to support Timothy’s teammates by encouraging the boys to remain hopeful and to use his legacy as motivation.

“With him being such a happy kid and different things, I’m just going to talk to them about what would he want us to do with him being gone,” Butler said. “Try to keep moving forward and stay positive. I think that’s what he would want us to do.”

This is Butler’s first time losing a player, he said, and it’s a monumental loss for himself and the team.

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