Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a single vehicle crash in Hanover Wednesday found the driver dead in the vehicle but the death appears to be unrelated to injuries from the accident.

The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. near the Circle K in Hanover when a vehicle driven by Sharon Washburn, 71, of Hanover, went into a ditch near the entrance to the parking lot of the gas station and hit a guardrail, Chief Deputy Josh Taylor said.

Officers arrived to find the vehicle nearly on its side with a tire over the guardrail and Washburn dead at the scene.

Officers believe Washburn’s death is related to a medical incident suffered prior to the car making impact with the guardrail, Taylor said. As of Thursday, the sheriff’s office had not been notified of an official cause of death.

No other vehicles were involved.

“With that being a populated place and school letting out around that time, it’s fortunate nobody else got hurt,” Taylor said.

Washburn’s funeral arrangements can be found in today’s obituaries.