Collierville man killed in car crash, not discovered for hours

Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department
Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department

By Lori Brown - bio | email

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A Collierville man was killed early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on Collierville-Arlington Road near Shelton Road.

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular, a man walking his dog around 6:00 a.m. saw a car upside down beneath the Wolf River Bridge.

"You could tell it was really violent," Jay Wheaton said. "There were pieces of the car all over the place."

Shular said deputies believe the crash happened several hours before Wheaton discovered it.

"My first thought was, someone dumped a wreck there," Wheaton said. "When I saw what looked like the driver I had to walk over there and see what was going on....He looked very much dead. But I yelled at him, tried to see if he was breathing or not, there was a lot of head trauma."

Deputies believe the driver of the car, Michael Cook, 33, died quickly after the crash from massive injuries.

According to investigators, the 2005 Pontiac G6 was heading south when it crossed over the two-lane road, hit the edge of the bridge and flipped over.

Cook was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. No one else was in the vehicle.

Shular said speed was likely a factor in the crash.

One of Cook's younger brothers said Cook loved everyone, and would do anything for anybody.

Aubrey Kelly, 9, knew Cook because his mother has baby sat her since she was two years old.

"He's just a really nice guy, anytime you need someone to help you, he would be the one."

Cook was a bouncer at Stella Maris in Cordova. His brother said he was on his way home from work when the crash happened. Cook was less than two miles from home.

According to Shular, tests will be conducted by the Shelby County Medical Examiner to see if alcohol was involved.

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