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Two Students Struck By Vehicle

By Ellis Codjoe, September 12, 2018

UPDATE: Uncle of the young boys, Nick Davis, released the following information to Ottumwa Radio Thursday afternoon:

An update on both boys:

Kayden (7) had only minor injuries and was checked out and released from the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

Chris (12, turning 13 on Sunday) had severe injuries and was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. He is currently             in stable condition in the Pediatric ICU unit of the Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Doctors opted not to do surgery yesterday and               are hoping that his spleen will heal on its own. He also has a broken pelvis. We feared a head injury following the accident, but Chris           has since regained consciousness and is coherent, even watching TV. He is still in a large amount of pain.

What we know about the accident:

Chris and Kayden were walking to school together along West Mary Street in Ottumwa. Chris was to drop Kayden off at Liberty                     Elementary, then continue to Evans Middle School. This section of roadway does not have sidewalks on either side of the road, even             though it is only a quarter mile from Liberty Elementary School. While walking in the street, they were hit from behind by a pickup               driven by Tyler Garr. Tyler is a member of our extended family and has close ties to both boys.

To make this clear, We do not put the blame on Tyler. We thank God that it was someone who knew us and that he didn’t leave. He             stayed right with the boys the whole time. He could’ve run, but he didn’t! He did what was right even though he knew he’d be                     arrested.

         I’ve attached a link for a go-fund-me page established to help pay for medical expenses, expenses during recovery and family                       expenses during our stay in Iowa City. Please share this link with your readers, listeners and viewers.

UPDATE: Ottumwa Police Chief released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle striking a juvenile in the 1100 Block of West Mary Street in Ottumwa. Officers responded to the area and determined that the driver of the vehicle had transported one juvenile, age 12, to the juvenile’s residence.  The juvenile was then transported to Ottumwa Region Health Center by ambulance and later transported to another hospital.

It was then determined that a second juvenile, age 7, had also been struck by the vehicle.  The second juvenile, after being struck, continued on to school. Officers responded to the school. The second juvenile was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center to be evaluated.

The initial investigation indicates the two juveniles were walking east on Mary Street in the same direction of the striking vehicle.  As the striking vehicle approached the two juveniles, they stepped out into the roadway and were struck.  The driver of the vehicle, who is familiar with the two juveniles, stopped and rendered aid and information.

The driver of the vehicle Tyler Michael Garr age 21, was arrested and charged with no insurance and driving while barred. Garr later bonded out of jail.


Two Ottumwa boys were hit by a vehicle on West Mary Street while walking to school Wednesday morning.

The boys were struck while trying to cross a street, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

One boy was airlifted to Iowa City. He is currently being treated for various injuries.

The other boy continued to walk to class after the accident. Once he reached school, he was tracked down by authorities and taken to the hospital. He was treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene. It is unknown at this point whether or not the motorist will be cited.

Ottumwa Radio News will keep you updated with more details as they become available.

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