August 31, 2013

Chatsworth man dies in SUV wreck

Rachel Brown
rachelbrown@daltoncitizen.com

— A Chatsworth man died after he was partially ejected from and pinned under a Ford Explorer he was riding in Thursday evening, officials said.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said Irvin Junior Cochran, 52, was killed at a private residence off of Hyden Tyler Road as he was riding in a field a little way past the Murray County Community Center. The SUV overturned at about 7:30 p.m.

“The driver and another passenger ... stated the victim reached over and turned the steering wheel and also stepped on the accelerator at the same time he turned the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to overturn,” Wright said.

Wright said the vehicle landed on its right side.

The state patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is reviewing the crash. Sgt. Tommy Sturdivan said there’s no reason right now to believe anyone was trying to hurt Cochran. There’s still a possibility charges could be filed, Sturdivan said, explaining investigators will meet with officials from the District Attorney’s Office in a few days to review the case after they have more information.

Sturdivan said the driver and a woman in the vehicle with Cochran told investigators they were driving Cochran to give him some food after they picked him up in the field. It’s unclear why he was there. Contacted Friday, the woman said authorities had asked her not to talk publicly for now about what happened.

James Cochran, who lives across the street from Irvin Cochran, said the two were second cousins. He said Irvin Cochran lived by himself and was a hard-working man who was employed at a local carpet mill and often worked long shifts.

“I hate it happened,” James Cochran said. “He had a good personality. He didn’t have no enemies.”