Tragic accident claims lives of two young men, another hospitalized


HIWASSEE DAM, N.C. – Tragedy struck the Hiwassee Dam community after a horrific automobile accident killed two brothers, Austin and Avery Hawkins, and put another young man in the hospital.

A memorial account was set up at United Community Bank (UCB) under the “Hawkins Brothers Memorial Fund” for people to contribute to funeral arrangements and expenses. Anyone interested in making a donation may do so at the Murphy, Blairsville, McCaysville, or Robbinsville UCB locations.

Hiwassee Damn Fire Department issued a statement:

“By now, most have heard of the terrible tragedy that struck our community this morning. The loss of the 2 brothers is unfathomable and our prayers are with their family and friends. We also are keeping the 3rd young man in our prayers as he recovers from his injuries. Special thank you to all of our members along with personnel from Ranger and Wolfcreek FD, Cherokee County EMS, Sheriffs Office and 911 dispatch, NC Highway Patrol, AMR EMS, Devine Towing and the numerous bystanders who assisted us in many ways, whether it was by direct work, providing water and rehab to personnel and even counseling on scene. Everyone worked extremely hard and, while the outcome was not what we wanted, we can be assured everything that could have been done was done. Love your family and remember all affected in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hiwassee Dam School also welcomed students and community members to come to school at 2 p.m. on June 26 for counseling or just to talk. “We will pray for the families and remember the ones we have lost and offer what comfort can be found,” the school affirmed.

FYN will update this story as details about the accident become available.


  1. Benita Bell Shoaf June 27, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Sorry for your loss no words can console this family I may know or not hope the young man that lived gets better

  2. Tina Searcy June 27, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Prayers for all the family’s involved

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