Sheriff's Report

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports the following:


4:27 p.m. — A black 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by Kalyn Renee Bechtel, 24, of Batavia, and a silver 2012 Ford Focus driven by Delaney Rae Mondia, 16, of Ottumwa, were both westbound on Highway 34 near mile marker 204. Bechtel was in the left-hand lane, and Mondia was in the right-hand lane. Bechtel attempted to change lanes, but failed to see Mondia’s vehicle. Bechtel’s passenger side struck the rear driver-side of Mondia’s vehicle causing both to loose control and skid across both westbound lanes. At one point, the vehicles struck each other again causing more damage to the driver-sides of both vehicles. Side curtain air bags deployed in Mondia’s vehicle. Both vehicles stopped in the median of the roadway. According to the report, neither driver was injured. Damage was estimated at $5,000 to Bechtel’s vehicle and $7,500 to Mondia’s vehicle. Bechtel was changed with failure to maintain control.


9:24 a.m. — A red 2006 Acura driven by Savannah Madelynn Jennings, 24, of Fairfield slid into the east ditch of the 1700 block of Jasmine Avenue due to snow-covered road conditions. The reports states Jennings was transported by Midwest Ambulance to Jefferson County Health Center with minor injuries. Damage to the front of the vehicle were estimated at approximately $3,500.

8:44 p.m. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Highway 1. A green 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Brad Anthony Johnson, 46, of Fairfield, was northbound. Daniel Sanchez, 46, of Fairfield, lost control of the silver 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup he was driving southbound due to the snow, spun out of control crossing into the other lane striking Johnson’s vehicle nearly head on. Johnson’s vehicle stopped on the right-hand shoulder, and Sanchez’s pickup stopped sideways in the roadway blocking traffic. Johnson and his passenger were uninjured. Sanchez and his passenger, Maria Sanchez, were transported by Midwest Ambulance to Jefferson County Health Center for nonlife-threatening injuries. Both drivers were cited for no driver’s license. Highway 1 was shut down for just over 40 minutes. Fairfield Fire & Rescue assisted.