Sheldon Area Accident Sends Two To Hospital, One To Jail

Sheldon, Iowa — An accident west of Sheldon on Friday sent two people to the hospital and one person to jail.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, a few minutes before 10:00 a.m., 18-year-old Alex Lopez-Morales of Sioux Center was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 18, about a mile west of Sheldon. They say 78-year-old Helen Golden of Sioux Falls, was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 18. We’re told the Ford crossed the center line, striking the Toyota, resulting in both vehicles coming to rest in the south ditch.

The sheriff’s office tells us the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team (SCAT) took Golden and a passenger to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. Their injuries were described as “minor.” Lopez-Morales and his passengers declined further medical treatment.

The Ford sustained approximately $8,000 in damage. The Toyota sustained approximately $9,500 in damage.

Lopez-Morales was arrested and transported to the Sioux County Jail, where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle on the wrong side of a two-way highway, and operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance.

The sheriff’s office says the Sheldon Police Department, Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, and the Sheldon Emergency Management Agency assisted at the scene.