January 23, 2021

Pa. driver with suspended license admits hitting bicycle-pulled carrier that critically injured infant

LEWISBURG – The driver of a SUV that struck a then 11-month-old girl in a carrier being pulled by her mother’s bicycle has pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle.

Tyler Bean–Dowell, 30, of Millmont, entered the plea Tuesday in Union County court.

There is an agreement other charges are to be dismissed but not on the sentence that is scheduled to be imposed in December. Sentencing guidelines call for jail time.

Bean-Dowell admitted he was the driver of the SUV that on April 21 struck the carrier in which the infant was riding. It was being pulled by a bicycle ridden by her mother, Abigail Martin of Lewisburg.

The infant, Megan, who was injured critically, has recovered, District Attorney D. Peter Johnson said.

Bean-Dowell had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle with Martin being the other victim.

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