UPDATE: Driver arrested after hitting two students with truck

Two Ottumwa students were struck by a vehicle on West Mary Street Wednesday morning (KTVO)


Police say the driver whose Ford F-250 hit two students was arrested following Wednesday's accident. Tyler Garr, 21, of Ottumwa, is charged with Driving While Barred and no insurance. Garr was taken to the Wapello County Jail, where he was released from custody hours later.

A family member has updated KTVO on the injured boy's condition. Norma Harland tells KTVO her nephew was airlifted to Iowa City Wednesday for treatment of a fractured pelvis and a ruptured spleen.

The Ottumwa Police Department issued a press release just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. That statement is posted below.


Two Ottumwa students were struck by a vehicle while walking to school Wednesday morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., Ottumwa first responders were called to the accident at 1119 West Mary Street.

Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew told KTVO the students stepped out in front of a vehicle that was traveling on West Mary Street, and they were both hit. One of the students was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The second student continued walking to class after he or she was hit.

McAndrew said officers eventually tracked down that student at school. He said it's unclear if the driver will be cited in connection with this incident.

The accident is still under investigation. KTVO will provide more information as it becomes available.

OPD Press Release:

"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."

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