Grundy County is mourning the deaths of two young people killed in separate ATV accidents in the past week.
On June 30, Cord Barrett, passed away from injuries received in an ATV accident in Marion County. Cord, 22, of Coalmont, was employed by All Jobs Electric and was enrolled at Chattanooga State pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also worked for Steve and Donna Ahearn at Double A Farm.
On July 4, Cord’s cousin, Chasten Britton, 20, was killed in an ATV crash in Grundy County. According to Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum, the crash occurred around 10 p.m., on Independence Day, along Dutchtown Road in Tracy City.
Chasten, says the THP, was the passenger in a Polaris Razor driven by Payton Hargis, of Tracy City. The side-by-side went off the road and hit a tree. Chasten died on the scene, and Payton was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Chasten was a registered dental assistant and worked for Janet G. Gardner DDS Family dentistry in Tullahoma. She was a resident of Skymont.
The THP report states that neither Chasten nor Payton were wearing seat belts at the time of the July 4 crash. The reporting officer says if they had been, it would have made a difference in what happened.
An online memorial fund was set up for Cord Barrett with the hopes of reaching $10,000 to help with funeral expenses. In five hours, donations had exceeded the goal and at press time, donations had reached $19,000. The family has stated on the memorial fund site that they hope to use any excess funds to start a scholarship in Cord’s memory.
An online memorial fund set up in memory of Chasten Britton also exceeded its goal. The memorial fund, for benches to be placed in certain areas, was set to raise $2,500 and at press time the total was at $8,010.
A car show benefit will be held for Payton Hargis on July 13, at Plainview Community Center, at 2 p.m. There will be BBQ plates and a silent auction. The benefit is hosted by White City Cruisers.