News and Tribune

May 14, 2013

Woman found in ditch four days after wreck near Charlestown

Vehicle reported stolen went into ravine near Charlestown State Park


CHARLESTOWN — A woman found Monday on the side of the road after a car accident had been lying in a ravine for days.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Charlestown Police and EMS crews responded to a call of an individual alongside Ind. 62 near Charlestown State Park late Monday morning.

“It was dispatched to us as a person laying by the road [near Charlestown] State Park,” said Clark County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brian Meyer, who responded to the call. “And when we got there [the car accident victim] said, ‘I’ve been down there for four or five days.’”

According to a Clark County Sheriff’s Department accident report, a New Washington resident was driving westbound on Ind. 62 when she spotted a woman lying along the side of the road with her arm up in the air. The driver turned her car around and drove back to the woman on the ground, who was barely clothed and disoriented. The injured woman said she was involved in a car accident a couple of days ago and was just able to crawl up the side of a hill from the accident, according to the report.

The motorist who found the car accident victim called 911. The victim, later identified as Jenevieve Elliott, 24, of Charlestown, was transported to University of Louisville Hospital. When contacted by the News and Tribune, a U of L Hospital employee said they had no records of Elliott still being admitted.

Police believe Elliott was driving eastbound on Ind. 62 when she lost control of her vehicle, overcorrected and crossed the center line careening into a ravine on the opposite side of the highway. The car rolled down the embankment, hit several trees and flipped over at least once before coming to rest more than 450 feet from the roadway.

When the accident occurred, however, has still not been determined. It may have been as far back as Thursday.

When police questioned Elliott she said she wrecked the car four days ago, but was unable to make the climb up from the ravine until Monday. She said she had tried three times to climb up the hill before she made it to the side of Ind. 62 and was discovered by the passing motorist.

According to the report, Elliott suffered a fractured hip and ribs, along with cuts and bruises. The report also stated that doctors told police Elliott’s story is consistent with her injuries because there was evidence that the broken bones were already trying to heal themselves.

Police also ran a check on the license plate of the car Elliott had borrowed, and it had been reported stolen Friday.

“The car was reported stolen, because [the driver] didn’t come back and they thought she stole the car,” Meyer said.

The red Honda Civic was registered to a Michelle Moran, of New Washington, according to the report.