July 24, 2021

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Driver who hit bicycle-pulled carrier and critically injuring toddler gets state prison sentence

LEWISBURG – “Tragic” is the Union County district attorney’s description of the case in which a toddler was critically injured when the carrier in which she was riding behind her mother’s bicycle was struck by a hit-run driver.

“He knew he hit her and he knew she was injured but then drove away,” District Attorney D. Peter Johnson said Monday following the sentencing of Tyler Bean-Dowell, 30, of Millmont.

County Judge Michael T. Hudock sentenced Bean-Dowell to 1 to 9 years in state prison with the recommendation that he not be released after he serves his minimum.

Bean-Dowell also was ordered to pay restitution of $16,000, which was the out-of-pocket medical costs the little girl incurred.

He had pleaded guilty in October to a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle.

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The accident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. last April 21 on Red Ridge Road outside Mifflinburg.

Abigail Martin of Lewisburg was riding her bicycle while pulling a carrier in which her then 11-month-old daughter Megan was riding.

Megan suffered severe head injuries that have and will require additional surgeries, Johnson said. It is unknown if her brain injuries will be permanent, he said.

Martin, who also was injured but not as seriously as her daughter, approved the resolution of the case, the prosecutor said.

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Bean-Dowell was taken into custody later the day of the accident. Driving while his license was suspended is one of the charges dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Parts of a passenger-side mirror were found on the front seat floor of the Ford Explorer Bean-Dowell was driving and small shreds of glass were observed on his jacket and throughout the SUV, police said.

He initially told police he did not see the damage to the passenger-side mirror until he was driving home.

Surveillance video shows the Explorer pulled into the driveway of his home at 10:14 a.m. or about 15 minutes after the accident, the affidavit states.