UPDATE: Arrest made in fatal Drakesville hit-and-run

Terry Petary, 41, of Drakesville, was arrested and charged on Monday. (Davis County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: A media spokesman from Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines told KTVO Monday night that Nathan Beechy, 12, of Drakesville, was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.


UPDATE: Law enforcement officers have now arrested a man in connection with last night's fatal hit-and-run outside Drakesville, Iowa.

Monday evening, the Davis County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Terry Petary, 41, of Drakesville.

He is charged with felony Vehicular Homicide in the death of Merlin Beechy, 9, an Amish boy from the Drakesville area.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, authorites said Beechy and his brother were hit by a pickup truck as they walked on 180th Street west of Drakesville.

Investigators said the white Dodge pickup truck driven by Petary.

Nathan Beechy, 12, suffered serious injuries.

Officers say Petary left the scene.

During their investigation, deputies located a pickup that had damage consistent with evidence that was found at the scene.

Petary and the pickup were located in West Grove, Iowa.

The sheriff office said the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are pending.

Petary is being held in the Davis County Jail on $10,000 bond.


The investigation into Sunday night’s fatal hit and run accident in Drakesville continued Monday.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, a 9-year-old Amish boy was struck and killed by a motorist in the 14,000 block of 180th Street. A second boy was also hit, and sustained serious injuries.

The driver did not stop.

Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis was not immediately available Monday to provide an update on this incident.

KTVO reached out to Bloomfield Police Chief Shawn Armstrong, who said investigators conducted an interview with at least one suspect Monday afternoon. He could not confirm if any charges have been filed.

Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol have identified the deceased boy as 9-year-old Merlin M. Beechy. The second boy, 12-year-old Nathan Beechy, was airlifted to the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines Sunday night with unknown injuries.

Armstrong did not have information on the the boy's condition Monday afternoon.

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