Authorities seek community’s help in solving deadly hit-and-in near Cedartown on Dec. 22; suspect vehicle likely a 2007 Buick Enclave.

Authorities seek community’s help in solving deadly hit-and-in near Cedartown on Dec. 22; suspect vehicle likely a 2007 Buick Enclave.

 

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Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in solving a Dec. 22 hit-and-run that took the life of a local woman. Officials have determined that the vehicle driven during the hit and run was a 2007 model or later white Buick Enclave.

The incident happened on Prior Station Road around 6:30 p.m. Kathy Chelsea Cochran died at the scene.
The Cedartown Police Department initially responded to the call and later turned the investigation over to the Georgia State Patrol. The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) was deployed to continue the investigation. 
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, evidence collected at the scene of the crime regarding the vehicle that struck and killed Cochran was analyzed by the GBI Crime Lab. The evidence determined that the vehicle driven was a 2007 or later white Buick Enclave.
Newsome stated that anyone with information regarding a vehicle matching that description that was seen at or near the location of the incident or was known to have had front end damage during the time immediately following the event should contact him at 770-748-4123 or GSP Cpl. Scotty Smith at 706-624-1484.

Update from the Georgia State Patrol:

On Dec. 22, a trooper responded to a hit-and-run pedestrian fatality on Prior Station Road in Cedartown, Polk County.  The pedestrian was traveling north on Prior Station Road in the lane of travel when she was struck by the right front of an unknown vehicle.  The unknown vehicle continued north on Prior Station Road. The pedestrian (Ms. Kathy Chelsea A. Cochran) was pronounced dead at the scene. The report is not complete.


An investigation is continuing Monday into a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a woman Sunday evening near Cedartown.

She has been identified as Kathy Chelsea Cochran, says Polk County Coroner Tony L. Brazier. The victim’s body has been sent to the GBI crime lab for a “criminal autopsy,” he says. This was the fifth such accident occurring in the county, Brazier says, with two victims still hospitalized recovering from their injuries.

In Monday’s hit-and-run, Brazier says:

  • Authorities were alerted to the body of a woman discovered at the intersection of Prior Station Road and Ga. 100 North around 6:35 p.m.
  • Units from 911, fire and rescue, Redmond EMS and Polk County Police responded to the scene. The Georgia State Patrol was summoned as well.
  • She was pronounced dead on the scene by Deputy Coronor Frankie Matthews.

 

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