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Cochran II, Deputy Richard S.

End of Watch: 
Wednesday, May 22, 1991
County: 
King
Agency: 
King County S.O.

On Wednesday, May 22, 1991 at about 0715 hours, King County Police Officer Richie Cochran was involved in a five-car collision on southbound Interstate 5 near North 117th Street in Seattle.  Officer Cochran was struck from behind by a Snohomish County Community Transit bus.  He was thrown from his motorcycle as it was pushed into a white van. 

Officer Cochran was an experienced motorcycle rider and had recently joined the King County Police Motors Unit.  He was riding to training with Officer Zsolt Dornay.  Officer Dornay also went down as a result of the collision, but wasn’t seriously injured.

Officer Cochran was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died from massive internal injuries at 0936 hours during surgery.

The North American Motor Officers Association awards the “Richie Cochran Rookie of the Year Award” at their annual symposium.  Deputy Cochran was survived by his wife, parents and siblings.