Crash

Robert Inglis/The Daily Item

A Mifflinburg man has been charged after police said he fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash Tuesday in Union County.

A Mifflinburg man was driving with a suspended license when he injured two people, including critical injuries to an 11-month-old girl, in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday in Union County, police said.

Tyler Bean-Dowell, 29, of Mifflinburg, faces charges of felony aggravated assault by vehicle and accidents involving death or injury for what state police say was his involvement in a hit-and-run crash that sent two people to Geisinger Medical Center by Life Flight. Bean-Dowel was charged by Milton trooper Sara Barrett and was arraigned at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday by Middleburg District Judge Lori Hackenberg.

Bean-Dowell was sent to Union County Jail on $100,000 bail.

One of the victims, Abigail Martin, 23, of Lewisburg, is listed in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. The child, Megan Martin, is listed in critical, according to hospital officials on Wednesday.

Martin was operating a bicycle with a child carrier attached to the back traveling west on Red Ridge Road in Limestone Township, Union County, troopers said. Bean-Dowell's 2006 Ford Explorer struck the bicycle and carrier from behind then and fled west on Red Ridge Road at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Barrett said.

Troopers interviewed Bean-Dowell around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to court documents. Bean-Dowell told police he left his house early in the morning to visit his mother then parked off of Creek Road, in Hartley Township, Union County, to walk a creek, troopers said.

Bean-Dowell told troopers he walked the creek for several hours and when he was driving home he noticed his passenger side mirror was damaged, according to court documents.

Troopers checked Bean-Dowell's license and discovered it was under suspension for a DUI arrest, troopers said.

A forensic team processed the 2006 Ford Explorer and determined parts found at the scene matched the Ford Explorer, troopers said.

Shards of glass were found throughout the vehicle, troopers said. A large part of the passenger-side mirror was discovered on the passenger side floor of the vehicle, troopers said.

Small pieces of glass were also discovered on Bean-Dowell's jacket, troopers said.

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