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4-year-old boy dies days after crash in Wayne County

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 11:28:38-04

RICHMOND — A 4-year-old boy who was critically injured Friday in a crash in Wayne County has died.

Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter said in a news release that David Kirkendall died Sunday.

Kirkendall was one of nine people injured in a three-vehicle crash that occurred around 7:40 p.m. Friday in Richmond near U.S. 40 and Roundbarn Road.

"This unthinkable tragedy marks the sixth death of a child in Wayne County as a result of accidents in the month of July," Retter said. "Accidental injury remains the number one cause of death for children in the United States according to the CDC. My most sincere condolences go out to the Kirkendall family."

A van driven by a 23-year-old Richmond man was struck by a truck driven by a 28-year-old Cambridge City man as the van's driver turned into a convenience store parking lot, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office. Another vehicle, driven by a 40-year-old Richmond man, struck the truck.

Kirkendall, who was a passenger in the van, was taken to Riley Hospital for Children by a medical helicopter. Eight others, including several young children, received minor injuries. The sheriff's office said it appeared all the children were properly restrained at the time of the crash.

On July 9, four children in a vehicle died when Corey Withrow, a 33-year-old semi tractor-trailer driver from Camden, Ohio, crashed into slowed traffic in a construction zone on Interstate 70 in Wayne County.

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