Vehicle Found in Ditch Early Wednesday Morning

On May 1st, 2024, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle in the ditch in the 2400-grid of Highway 34 outside of New London.  The caller, a passerby, stated the vehicle’s lights were on, but could not tell if it was occupied.

Law Enforcement arrived and located the vehicle which had a sole occupant.  The driver was identified as Jennifer Fernandez, 28, of Washington, IA.  The investigation determined Ms. Fernandez was driving a Chevrolet Malibu east bound on Highway 34 when a deer ran into the roadway.

Ms. Fernandez took evasive action, swerving to miss the deer, and the vehicle entered a rear wheel skid.  The vehicle left the roadway striking a delineator.  No injuries were reported and the damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4500.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New London Police Department.