A McLemoresville man charged in the 2018 traffic death of a McLemoresville woman was one of 51 people indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury last week.
Creighton Lyle Cockrill, 24, was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, DUI (first offense), violation of open container law, and failure to exercise due care.
Cockrill was involved in a July 3, 2018 two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of 64-year-old Sara Elizabeth (Sally) Aylor and seriously injured her husband, George Aylor.
The collision occurred at around 4:30 p.m. on Highway 70-A at the intersection of Clay Farm Road between Atwood and McLemoresville.
According to testimony given at a hearing last month in General Sessions Court, George Aylor was driving a black pickup truck eastbound on 70A toward McLemoresville, when Cockrill, who was driving a red pickup truck, pulled out from Clay Farm Road directly into the path of the other vehicle.
George Aylor testified that his truck struck Cockrill’s truck around the front fender on the passenger’s side, causing Aylor’s truck to go into a ditch and roll over on its side.
Sally Aylor, who was in the passenger’s seat, died at the scene. George Aylor was airlifted from the scene by helicopter to The Med in Memphis, where he was treated for seven broken ribs, a fractured wrist, a torn ligament in his ankle, and a detached retina in his right eye.
Trooper Shane Steele with the Tennessee Highway Patrol testified that he observed an open beer in the cab of Cockrill’s truck after the crash and detected the smell of alcohol.
Cockrill failed two of three field sobriety tests, according to Steele, and refused to take a blood alcohol test.
Steele later obtained a search warrant requiring Cockrill to give a blood sample after Cockrill had been taken to the Carroll County Jail, and Cockrill was then transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County, where a blood sample was taken.
Results from the blood test showed that Cockrill’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.
See next week’s News-Leader for more indictments from the May session of the Grand Jury.