4 pedestrians transported after being struck by vehicle at country fair

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Three children and an adult were treated and released from area hospitals after being struck by a vehicle while awaiting the DeGraff Country Fair parade about 2 p.m. Saturday, officers of the DeGraff Police Department report.

A vehicle operated by a carnival worker, Corey Taylor, 22, of Chillicothe, in an alley in the area of north Koke Street reportedly experienced brake failure, and as a result, his vehicle first crashed into a vehicle in front of him and then into the group of pedestrians. 

Gatlin Whitaker, age 10 months, of West Liberty, was flown by CareFlight helicopter to Dayton Children’s Hospital, and was treated for a concussion and released.

Two children, 4-year-olds Kenzlee Whitaker and Kivlee Gullett, along with an adult, Tonya Whitaker, age unavailable, of DeGraff, each was transported by squads to Mary Rutan Hospital.

Riverside, Quincy and Indian Lake EMS responded to the scene and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the crash.

Taylor was cited for unsafe vehicle, failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead and driving under non-compliance suspension. 

The crash remains under investigation, officers said.