OTTUMWA – 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.
Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”