Deputies with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department investigated a record number of accidents from Monday, November 21, through Sunday evening, November 27.
In those 16 crashes, nine people were listed as injured and one fatality occurred. Six involved motorists striking deer on county roads, and in another, a car struck a raccoon.
Injury accidents began November 21. Deputies Jac Sanders and James Shelton were dispatched to State Roads 203 and 256 east of Austin just after midnight.
Deputy Sanders said when he arrived, he found Jason A. Mitchell, 38. Austin, sitting on the south edge of S.R. 256. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird was located in a ravine about 25 yards from the highway.
Mitchell told the officer that he had been driving west when two deer ran in front of the car. He ran off the road to avoid a collision.
Deputy Sanders said in his report that he detected what he thought was the smell of alcohol on Mitchell’s breath.
The man was bleeding from a small head laceration. Scott County EMS personnel treated him at the scene and then transported Mitchell to Scott Memorial Hospital.
Property damage was listed as up to $10,000.
Just before 6:30 a.m. that Monday, Nathaniel J. Gardner, 22, Austin, was driving his 2014 Chevy Cruz and reportedly followed another vehicle from Booe Road onto northbound U.S. Highway 31. He was struck by a 2004 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer headed southbound on U.S. 31.
Gardner was treated at the scene for a wound to his elbow/lower arm, noted Deputy Rodney Rudder. Rudder listed failure to yield as a contributing factor and estimated property damage at up to $25,000.
The Cruz was towed from the scene.
Assisting Deputy Rudder were Deputy Joe Johnson and Austin Patrolman Justin Cheatham.
Four people were hurt in a mishap at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, at the intersection of Stagecoach and Oak Hill Roads.
Monica D. Bowers, 30, Salem, was driving her 2003 Chevy Suburban with her three children as passengers west on Stagecoach Road. All of the youngsters were in child restraint devices.
Bowers told Deputy J.R. Ward that, as she topped a hill, a red passenger car appeared to be in the middle of the road. She veered to the right to avoid a collision, and the Suburban left the road on the right side. She said she over-corrected her steering, causing the vehicle to cross to the left side. It traveled up an embankment and overturned in an open field.
Bowers suffered head pain after the mishap, while her children, one-year-old Morgan, two-year-old Mason and eight-year-old Trace, all had facial abrasions.
The woman and children were treated by Scott County EMS.
Deputy Ward estimated property damage at up to $25,000. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy J. Hartman.
A deer on the road was to blame for the next injury accident. It occurred at 6:34 a.m. on Friday, November 25, on State Road 356 1,000 feet east of Double or Nothing Road.
Angela M. Sims, 49, Lexington, was driving her 2012 Toyota Prius west on S.R. 356 when she struck the deer. Deputy Joe Johnson estimated damage to her car at up to $10,000.
EMS was not summoned to the scene because Sims apparently declined such help. However, she told the officer that her back hurt after the mishap. The Prius had to be towed from the scene.
Just before midnight on that Friday, a Scottsburg woman ran off S.R. 56 1,500 feet west of Zion Road, crashing her 2016 Sierra Denali.
Deborah J. Parrish, 47, was eastbound when the SUV traveled down into a roadside ditch. It traveled along the ditch into an embankment, finally coming to rest still in the ditch. Severe damage was reported to both sides of the Denali, estimated at up to $50,000 by Deputy J. Watterson.
Parrish suffered minor injuries in the accident and was treated at the scene by EMS personnel. She was also cited for misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Deputy Watterson was assisted at the scene by Deputy Hartman.
An unusual accident which resulted in the death of a passenger occurred off Interstate 65 at the bridge overpass serving County Line Road near Underwood on Sunday night, November 27.
Deputies Hartman, Watterson and Shawn Mayer were dispatched to the scene shortly after 8:30 p.m. as were rescue personnel, First Responders and Scott County EMS.
From what deputies pieced together at the scene, Clifford L. Zimmerman, 71, and his wife Sandra K. Zimmerman, 70, of Dunbar, Fl., were southbound on the interstate when their 2016 Cadillac SRX traveled off the west side.
The car continued, traveling over 1,000 feet until it struck the overpass’s concrete abutment at County Line Road’s intersection with Collins Road. Rescuers were able to reach the couple, but the woman had succumbed to internal injuries.
Zimmerman was unable to provide information to the officers because of his injuries. He was transported to University of Louisville Hospital after being removed from the heavily-damaged car.
Traffic on I-65 southbound was stopped for some time. Later, one lane was allowed to travel through the area. Full access to both lanes was restored in approximately four hours.
Damage was estimated by Deputy Hartman at up to $50,000.