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 Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 20, 2015, Page 11

Tragedy strikes
Two injured, two die in crash,
community responds with concern

Members of a Kellerton family were involved in a fatality accident on Highway 69 about 13 miles south of Indianola at approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12.

According to information received from the Iowa State Patrol a 2000 GMC Envoy driven by Kimberly Fuller, 47, of Kellerton was traveling northbound on Highway 69 between Osceola and Indianola. A 2005 Freightliner motorhome driven by Keith Hutton, 54, of Newcastle, OK, was traveling westbound on Warren County Highway J23. Newcastle (sic) failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 69 and G76 at the Medora Corner and hit the Fuller vehicle broadside.

Eric Fuller, 9, and his grandmother, Karla Handy, 72, of Indianola, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Lillian Fuller, 10, and Kimberly Fuller were transported by air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where both remain hospitalized with serious injuries.

Newcastle (sic) was not injured in the accident, but a passenger in the motorhome, Rodney Shoup, 48, of Moore, OK, was reported injured but did not require medical transportation.

According to a published report by, Warren County sheriff Brian Vox (sic, should be Vos) said the stop sign at the intersection is clearly marked. "There are rumble strips on the road, and that means there's a stop and the sign [is] in plain view. It's well marked, but it looks like [the] motorhome is from out of state and probably not familiar with the area" said Vos.

The accident remains under investigation.

A benefit dinner, bake sale and auction for the Fuller and Handy families will be held Saturday September 5 at the Post #172 American Legion building in Mount Ayr. The free-will donation dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the auction to follow at 7:30 p.m.

A Fuller/Handy Memorial benefit fund has been set up at all U.S. Bank locations.

A GoFundMe website has also been created for those wishing to make online donations to the Fuller and Handy families. The website can be found at

CGI Foods in Mount Ayr, where Kim is a popular cashier well known by many CGI patrons, has set up a table in the store where well-wishers may leave cards and notes to the Fuller and Handy families.

  • Eric Melvin Fuller obituary

  • Karla Kay (Holzworth) Handy obituary

    Photograph courtesy of Mount Ayr Record-News
    Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2015

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