UPDATE | Friends remember teen killed in Mason County crash

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MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 12/9/19 @ 2:30 p.m.
Investigators have released the name of a teenager killed during a crash in Mason County.

The Mason County Sheriff tells WSAZ that Jacob Cochran, 19, of Poca was the passenger in the car and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The crash happened just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday on state Route 62 in the Hartford area.

"He was kind and free-spirited," said Kiana Carroll, one of Jacob's friends. "He would've given his shirt off his back to anyone that needed it."

Friends of Jacob say he was a great friend and losing him was unimaginable.

"He was just the life of the party, there's no other way to describe it," said Jonah Cline, a friend of Jacob's. "He was just a good friend to have, he'd help anybody."

"He was just the type of guy that would do stuff to make people laugh," Carroll tells WSAZ. "He just didn't care as long as it made somebody happy or laugh, he was doing it."

Officials say the man behind the wheel was flown to the hospital Sunday. There's no update on his condition at this time.

Deputies are still investigating, but say it appears the driver lost control while negotiating a turn.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/8/19
One person has died and another was flown to the hospital after a crash in the Hartford area of Mason County, according to Mason deputies.

It happened on WV Route 62 around 4:40 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies were called out for a single vehicle accident with entrapment. The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was flown to CAMC General by Med Flight.

Deputies are still investigating but say it appeared that the vehicle lost control while negotiating a turn.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office along with Mason County EMS, Mason Fire Department, and New Haven Fire Department responded to the accident.

Deputies have not yet released the names of the victims or the extent of injuries for the driver.