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Man Who Ran Over Fallen Wife While Drunk Pleads to Felonies

July 9, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert D. James, 215.348.6332, rdjames@buckscounty.org

Andrew Ryan
       Andrew L. Ryan

A Warminster man who was driving drunk when his wife fell from his pickup truck and was run over by his landscaping trailer pleaded no contest to felony assault and hit-and-run charges this morning in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

The victim, 32-year-old Robin Ryan, remains in an unresponsive, vegetative state, unconscious and unable to move, and sustained by a feeding tube, Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James said.

Her husband, Andrew Lawrence Ryan, 32, pleaded no contest to felony charges of aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury, and to misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and driving under the influence, as well as reckless driving, a summary offense.

Should Robin Ryan die as a result of her injuries, James said, the plea does not rule out charging Andrew Ryan with homicide.

Robin Ryan suffered severe traumatic brain injury, multiple broken bones and other injuries on July 24, 2017, when she fell from the passenger side of her husband’s Ford F-250 pickup truck, landing head-first in the 100 block of Lincoln Highway in Falls Township.

Evidence showed she was clinging to a safety door handle that broke off when the truck swerved sharply, throwing her from the cab, James said.

The truck was hauling a landscaping trailer which ran over her as Andrew Ryan sped away. State police stopped the truck on Trenton Road in Fairless Hills less than 10 minutes later.

Andrew Ryan appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to drinking before driving. Police obtained a search warrant for his blood, which was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .12 percent.

Witnesses told police they heard tires screeching and saw the pickup truck speeding and swerving hard just before Robin Ryan hurtled from the cab. Several said she flew out of the truck backwards, and one told police it appeared she had been pushed from the cab. 

Witnesses found her unconscious and unresponsive, bleeding heavily from her head, ears, nose and mouth.

Andrew Ryan told police that he had been drinking at a bar with his wife before leaving for Warminster to pick up their daughter. He said he had consumed four beers and two shots of tequila, and that the two of them were bickering about finances.

As they argued, he said, Robin Ryan got out of the truck briefly outside a grocery store. She got back in, Ryan said, but failed to fully close the door.

He claimed that she had called him angrily on her cell phone after falling to the pavement, but witnesses said she was unconscious within seconds and made no phone call.  

Judge Brian T. McGuffin accepted the pleas and said he likely would sentence Ryan in September. In the meantime, he increased Ryan’s bail to $500,000 cash.

The most serious of the charges, aggravated assault, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Leaving an accident involving death or injury has a maximum penalty of seven years and $15,000.

The case was investigated by the Falls Township Police Department, the Bucks County Detectives and the District Attorney’s Crash Investigation Unit.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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