BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a woman drowned Sunday after her car was swept by floodwaters into a pond.
Officials said the victim is 23-year-old Holli Pennington of Lamar, Colorado. She was working as an equine student at Silver Springs Stud farm in Paris.
The manager of Silver Springs Stud confirmed that Holli was an intern there and said everyone at the horse farm was struggling with the loss.
The owner of Silver Springs Stud tells me that 23-year-old Holly Pennington was an intern here. She was driving back to the farm from lunch yesterday when her car was swept away by floodwaters. Everyone at the farm is shocked and devastated. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/mXgqPhrpMR
— Kylen Mills LEX 18 (@KylenMills) September 24, 2018
Authorities said that deputies received a call just after noon Sunday reporting that a car was in the water on Brentsville Road between U.S. Highway 27 and Clay Kiser Road.
The car was not even visible when deputies showed up on the scene. They later discovered the car had been pushed by the water into a pond to the side of the road.
A deputy had to wade into the water to try and locate it.
More deputies, fire, and rescue personnel responded and had to use a 10-foot pole to reach down until they found the vehicle.
They used a wrecker and other apparatus to pull the car out. They found the body of a woman inside the car. It appeared she never made it out of the vehicle.
An autopsy will be performed.