A man already in prison for running over his wife with a landscaping trailer now faces an even longer sentence after pleading no contest to third-degree murder.
Andrew Ryan, 34, pushed his wife out of the passenger seat of their moving Ford F-250 pickup truck in July 2017. The truck was hauling a landscaping trailer, which ran over Robin Ryan as it passed. The incident occurred on Lincoln Highway in Falls Township.
Witnesses stated they saw a woman land head first into the pavement. To add insult to literal injury, Ryan drove away from the scene. But PA State Police stopped the vehicle ten minutes later.
Court documents show Ryan told authorities the Warminster couple was arguing over finances. He also admitted to driving drunk and had a BAC of .12.
The assault left Robin Ryan unresponsive. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and required a feeding tube.
In 2018, Andrew Ryan pleaded no contest to felony aggravated assault and other charges.
Since his wife was still alive at the time, prosecutors could not press murder charges. But Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James clarified if Robin Ryan passed away due to her injuries, they could charge Andrew Ryan with homicide.
Then Robin Ryan died on April 27, 2019. The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against Andrew Ryan in August 2019.
Before this most recent plea deal, Ryan was already serving seven to 20 years in state prison. He is currently locked up at SCI-Forest in Marienville, Forest County.
Now, he faces up to 30 years in prison for the no contest plea to third-degree murder.
“I feel terrible for Ms. Ryan’s family, knowing they’ve had to relive this horrific crime every day for years since it was committed against her,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “Sadly, her death now seems to have been inevitable from the moment the defendant pushed her from his moving vehicle. I don’t know that the defendant’s additional prison sentence gives Ms. Ryan’s family any peace or finality, but I pray that it does.”
The Ryan had a 1-year-old daughter at the time of the incident in 2017. She has since been adopted, according to Robin Ryan’s aunt Martha McMillan.
“The effects of this incident has disrupted our family life forever,” McMillan said.