Motor vehicle accident west of Sheldon leads to arrest – February 2

On Friday, February 2, at 9:53 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 18, one mile west of Sheldon, IA.

Alex Lopez-Morales, age 18, of Sioux Center, IA was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer westbound on Highway 18. Helen Golden, age 78, of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 18. The Ford crossed the center line, striking the Toyota, resulting in both vehicles coming to rest in the south ditch.

Golden and a passenger were transported by the Sheldon Ambulance to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. 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 was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department, Sheldon Fire Department, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and Sheldon Emergency Management Agency.