Portage woman killed in rollover crash ID’d

Alcohol, speed do not appear to be factors in crash, officials say
Portage woman killed in rollover crash ID’d

A 22-year-old Portage woman died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Monday afternoon, according to a release.

Around 3:37 p.m., the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash on Old County Highway U Road approximately three-tenths of a mile south of Potter Road in the town of Caledonia, officials said.

Officials said people at the scene were reporting that the driver has been ejected from the vehicle, was not breathing and they were performing CPR on her.

The driver, Jessica D. Halverson, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. The vehicle involved in the crash was a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer SUV.

Investigators said Halverson was driving north on Old County Highway U Road when the vehicle left the roadway to the right.

The vehicle continued off the roadway for approximately 400 feet before going back onto the road, officials said. The vehicle crossed to the other side of the road, entered a steep ditch and cornfield, overturned and ejected Halverson from the vehicle. The vehicle stopped on its wheels approximately 30 yards off the road in a plowed farm field.

According to the release, Halverson was driving from the right front passenger seat because she was a rural route delivery person with the U.S. Postal Service.

The crash remains under investigation, but officials said Halverson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash.

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