Davis County Man Pleads Guilty in Hit-and-Run Death of Child

By Jason Van Arkel, June 12, 2019

A Davis County man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, admitting he struck and killed a boy and injured another near Drakesville in 2018.

Terry Petary pleaded guilty last week in a Davis County courtroom to one count of homicide by vehicle, one count of serious injury by vehicle, one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, and one count of methamphetamine possession. In June of 2018, he was driving a pickup truck when he struck two brothers, nine-year-old Merlin Beechy and 12-year-old Nathan Beechy, on 180th Street near Drakesville. Merlin Beechy was killed, and Nathan Beechy suffered serious injuries. Petary fled the scene, but was later arrested about five miles away.

Court records show Petary has a long list of driving-related offenses, including two convictions for driving with a suspended license, and another conviction for driving while barred. He also faces other felony drug charges, which resulted from a case that was still being investigated when the hit-and-run occurred.

Sentencing in the hit-and-run case is scheduled for August 2nd. Petary faces up to 25 years in prison on the homicide by vehicle charge, and five years each on the other three charges.

 

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