24 Year Old Newton Woman’s Death in Florida Under Investigation

Authorities in Broward County Florida continue to investigate the death of a Newton woman early Tuesday morning. It’s believed 24 year old Kayla Hope Cockerton was ran over by a car outside a hotel. The Broward County Florida Sheriff’s Office says Cockerton took a cab back to her hotel with 29-year-old Stephen Elliott, after they had spent Monday night at a Fort Lauderdale bar. As Elliott was paying the cab fare, he spotted Cockerton lying on the driveway along the northeast corner of the hotel. The driver of the vehicle suspected of hitting her, 19-year-old Hunter Turpin, told officers he felt a bump and noticed a front tire was elevated. Turpin got out of his car and discovered Cockerton was underneath. The vehicle was unable to be moved, and Cockerton was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office….in a press release…states traffic investigators believe the injuries sustained by Cockerton are consistent with her lying on her stomach at the time of the injuries. Authorities also believe the Newton woman was intoxicated. The sheriff’s office is not considering speed, driveway conditions, mechanical malfunction or weather as contributing factors in the incident. The investigation is ongoing. A visitation for Cockerton has been scheduled for Saturday June 30th at the Newton Church of the Way.  Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.