State Patrol releases name in Tuesday traffic fatality

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

LEE COUNTY – The name of a Missouri woman killed in a Tuesday afternoon accident in Lee County was released Wednesday morning by the Iowa State Patrol. The name of a victim in a second fatality Tuesday night is still being withheld.

Further details on each accident were also released.

The first accident took place at 1:28 p.m. at the intersection of J40 and Hwy. 218 west of West Point. A vehicle driven by Betty Cochenour, 84, of Luray, Mo, was stopped facing east in the crossover on 218. According to the report she then pulled out in front of a semi driven by Nazar Bekboev, 38, of Schaumburg, Ill.

Bekboev collided with the passenger side of Cochenour’s vehicle forcing her into the median and his vehicle came to rest on the northbound shoulder.

Cochenour, who was driving a 2004 Subaru Legacy and was seatbelted, was confirmed dead at the scene. She was transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Emergency crews were on the scene until about 5:30 p.m. clearing the roadway.

About 45 minutes later, emergency crews from four area fire & rescue departments along with Iowa State Patrol and Lee County Sheriff’s Department were called to another accident on Green Bay Road south of 190th Street where an SUV had struck a tractor.

The driver of the SUV was killed in the accident. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

According to the report, the SUV was traveling north on Green Bay Road, while a 2018 John Deere tractor driven by Michael Ray Walker, 62, of Fort Madison was headed southbound. The SUV struck the tractor and ended up in the southeast ditch, while the tractor was disabled in the roadway.

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