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Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in boy’s death

June 13, 2019

DRAKESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An August sentencing has been scheduled for a man accused of running over two children and fleeing the scene in southwest Iowa.

Davis County District Court records say 42-year-old Terry Petary, of Drakesville, pleaded guilty last week to four felony charges: vehicular homicide, causing serious injury by vehicle, failure to stop at the accident scene and possession of methamphetamine. His sentencing is set for Aug. 2.

The Iowa State Patrol says Petary’s pickup truck struck a boy and his brother a little before 10 p.m. June 24 last year as they walked on a rural road west of Drakesville. The patrol identified the dead boy as 9-year-old Merlin Beechy and his brother as 12-year-old Nathan Beechy, of rural Drakesville.

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