Residents look to help after deadly buggy crash


RICHMOND — Friends and acquaintances of Jacob and Ruth Fisher of Williamsburg have set up ways to support the couple as they deal with the loss of their 1-year-old daughter.

Katie Fisher died last week from injuries suffered in a horse-and-buggy accident Thursday on Round Barn Road.

Kent and Dori Baxter, owners of the Main Street Diner in Richmond, live between Williamsburg and Greens Fork.

“We have a lot of Amish neighbors,” Kent Baxter told the Palladium-Item.

The Baxters don’t know Jacob and Ruth Fisher personally, but they do know some of their relatives.
Dori Baxter made contact and asked what could be done to help. She was told the family needs donations to help pay for Katie’s CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital and other medical expenses.

Kent Baxter put a can on the diner counter Friday.

“We just put the can out ... and people started to respond right away,” he said.

Donations also can be made at Ullery’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream in the Depot District Market in Richmond.

“We’re just taking up donations to help with family expenses,” said co-owner Tammy Ullery.

The donation jar is a simple way to help, “especially for those who would like to do something but don’t know what to do,” Ullery said.

“I’ve known the family for a long time,” she said. “It’s a painful, difficult thing for them to walk through.”

A Facebook page has been set up for the family. People are invited to send words of encouragement to “Prayers for Jake and Ruth.” Information on how to send donations via PayPal also is available.

And the Facebook page includes some welcome news. Katie’s 2-month-old sister Annie, who received minor injuries in the accident, was able to go home from the hospital Saturday.

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