20-year-old killed in car wreck planned career in motorcycle repair
by Jon Gillooly
April 13, 2013 12:00 AM | 12452 views | 10 10 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Russell Cordle of Powder Springs stands with his girlfrend, Lauren Jackson of Acworth. Cordle, 20, was killed in a car wreck Thursday night while headed eastbound on Villa Rica Road near West Sandtown Road.<br>Special to the MDJ
Russell Cordle of Powder Springs stands with his girlfrend, Lauren Jackson of Acworth. Cordle, 20, was killed in a car wreck Thursday night while headed eastbound on Villa Rica Road near West Sandtown Road.
Special to the MDJ
POWDER SPRINGS — A 20-year-old man died in a car wreck Thursday night while headed eastbound on Villa Rica Road near West Sandtown Road.

The man, Russell Cordle, was driving a black 2000 Honda Civic about 7 p.m. when he left the southern edge of the road and collided with the western end of a bridge guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said Cordle was wearing a seat belt, and that there were no obvious signs of alcohol at the crash site, although as a standard routine a toxicology report would be conducted.

Cordle was an only child whose mother died in a car accident when he was a boy, said his girlfriend, Lauren Jackson of Acworth.

Jackson said Cordle, a 2011 Hillgrove High School graduate who lived with his father and stepmother in Powder Springs, had left his house around 5 p.m. to get dinner. Jackson said she was still at work when Cordle left a note on her car, telling her to call him. She saw the note, and they talked by phone around 6 p.m.

“We talked, and I said I’d call him back, and when I called him back he never answered,” Jackson said. “He still hadn’t called me back, and I called and called and called. It’s not like him to not answer, even when he’s mad.”

At about 10:30 p.m., Jackson said she decided to brave the storm, and drove to Cordle’s house with two friends.

“We pulled up, and I saw the cop car in the driveway, and I went and knocked on the door, and they told me,” Jackson said. “He was only a quarter of a mile away from his house. He was almost home.”

Jackson said a witness reported seeing Cordle lean over as if he was trying to get something off the passenger seat of the car when he swerved.

“I think maybe he got mad, because we were – not fighting – but we were having our differences like every couple does, and I think that maybe he threw his phone and got mad, and then maybe he was trying to pick it up because he heard me or someone calling him because his friends were trying to call him, too, and then maybe he went to reach for it. Or maybe the food that he had just gotten fell on the floor, and he just reached – I don’t know, there’s a million things going through my head that could have happened.”

Jackson said after Cordle graduated from Hillgrove, he studied at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando. His dream was to run his own motorcycle repair shop, which he had started doing out of his house.

“He really was the sweetest guy in the world,” Jackson said. “He would do anything for anybody. He loved his NASCAR and his motorcycles.”

The Cobb Police Department continues to investigate the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-499-3987.
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RIP Russell
July 08, 2014
I knew Russell through social media. From what I saw, he truly was a great person! Very passionate Kasey Kahne fan. He started his own Kasey Kahne fans group on Facebook, & helped admin several pages. We all still pay tribute to him during every race in the group. When we found out what happened, everyone was overwhelmed with shock. He truly made an enormous presence on social media, we all miss him! RIP buddy.
April 13, 2013
That guard rail was just installed in the past 2 or 3 weeks.
prayers with them
April 13, 2013
Too bad, you are heartless. You know nothing about the family or the circumstances or what this young man may have meant to others. Bad things happen to very good people for no reason, every day. Don't blame a "car dependent household," whatever that means, for a very tragic and unfortunate death. Let people heal without having to read such an ignorant and toxic comment. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I can only hope they are able to find comfort and healing together.
too bad
April 13, 2013
It is too bad his parents raised him in a car dependent environment that ulimately resulted in his very, very early death. I hope the rural house was bigger enough and the cars freedom enough for everyone that it was worth this.
how would you know?
April 14, 2013
It is also too bad that you spend so much time on this type of attitude instead of furthering yourself with your education. If you are going to comment on things like that, noone is going to take you seriously if you can't use proper grammar. What mode of transportation do you use? I suspect none, which is why you are on the computer posting things like this. How, exactly do you know how he was raised? You are the typical example of why I have high standards for my students and the children I have at home.
How sad you are
April 14, 2013
If you don't have anything nice to say-don't say it. This family lost a wonderful son and you are babbling about something you have no clue. Maybe you could find some compassion but please do not make horrible comments. I pray for the family, friends and girlfriend of this boy!
Prayers sent
April 15, 2013
I made a comment in response to this heartless post and can't believe they allowed this person to post such a disgraceful comment in what is the hardest time in this family lives and DIDN'T ALLOW MINE TO BE POSTED.

I am guessing that they live no where near Powder Springs because I wouldn't exactly call it rural. But, I guess living downtown would be safer in this person's opinion but I guess they haven't visited Atlanta recently obviously. Accidents happen and people are called when it is there time. God makes sure of this no one else.

My prayers are with the family and friends of Russell and I hope that people with negative comments keep their big fat mouths shut.
April 13, 2013
Very Sad
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