On Saturday October 16th, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle roll over on 201st Avenue just South on Highway 19, near Union Hill in Derrynane Township.
Responding Deputies discovered a 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata rolled onto its side in the West ditch of 201st Avenue. Deputies located the driver and lone occupant a short distance from the vehicle. It appeared the driver had been ejected from the vehicle as a result of the roll over. The driver was identified as Jeffrey Dean Cornelius age 73 of Sun Lakes, Arizona. Lifesaving efforts were performed but Jeffrey Cornelius was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Initial investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling Southbound on 201st Avenue from Highway 19. The vehicle appeared to have lost control, entered the West ditch, where it rolled over ultimately coming to rest on its side. Cornelius was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The investigation remains active.