Crash victim Hayley Darnell remembered as ‘amazing’

Mark Wilson
Hayley Darnell

Hayley Erin (Cary) Darnell, a 44-year-old Glen Rose mother of two who died as a result of injuries suffered June 2 in a two-vehicle accident in Granbury, is remembered by one longtime friend as being “the epitome of an amazing mother, wife, daughter and friend.”

Darnell was employed as a registered nurse in the emergency room at Glen Rose Medical Center. Her 23rd anniversary as a GRMC employee was coming up this month.

“Hayley was such an amazing person, said Michelle Reynolds of Glen Rose, a friend of hers for about 12 years. “She was the epitome of an amazing mother, wife, daughter and friend. She worked hard to provide for her family and she loved her two boys, Brennan and Brody, with an indescribable love.

“She loved family and friends like they were her everything and I know that love was reciprocated. She just had a way of connecting with people. She will be greatly missed, but I know her legacy will live on through her children. Thankfully, Hayley was a woman of faith and I take comfort in knowing that her soul is with our Lord and Savior.”

Darnell, who had just turned 44 on May 25, graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1994. She earned her nursing degree from Tarleton State University.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Darnell, and two sons, Brennan, age 21, and Brody, who recently turned 12, along with her mother, Tonya Cary; sister, Shannon Cary; brother Shawn Foley; and grandmother, Jean Clark. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Cary.

According to information provided by Granbury Police Department Deputy Chief Cliff Andrews, Darnell was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred on Highway 4 just south of Kroger in Granbury.

Shaquettia Carter, 35, of Cresson was driving a 2005 Honda Accord headed south on Highway 4. Andrews noted that, according to witnesses, Carter was traveling at a high rate of speed. Carter’s vehicle entered the center turn lane, apparently attempting to pass a vehicle. But Andrews indicated that Carter lost control and traveled into the northbound late, striking the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Darnell was driving.

Carter was taken to John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth for treatment of leg injuries.

As of press time, there was no word yet from the GPD on whether any criminal charges will be filed in connection with the crash.

Darnell’s memorial service was held Saturday at Stonewater Church in Granbury. The internment was at Squaw Creek Cemetery.