A Warminster man will reside in state prison for the next seven to 20 years of his life.
Andrew Ryan, 32, assaulted his wife while leaving her lying brain-damaged on the 100 block of Lincoln Highway in Falls Township. Ryan was driving with a blood alcohol level of .12 when his wife fell backwards out of the passenger side of his vehicle.
Robin Ryan, Andrew’s wife, landed head-first on the pavement and was subsequently run over by her husbands trailing landscaping vehicle.
“Evidence strongly indicates that Ryan deliberately pushed his wife from the truck after they argued finances,” Robert D. James, Deputy District Attorney, said.
Upon Robin Ryan’s fall, Andrew Ryan fled the crime scene hoping to avoid a DUI. Back on Lincoln Highway, Robin Ryan suffered severe brain injuries, multiple broken bones, and other event related traumas.
According to Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian T. McGuffin, Ryan, a habitual drinker and domestic abuser, was destined to commit a crime this heinous. “Could there be any more cold-hearted indifference to your wife?” McGuffin asked. “You didn’t care. You didn’t care about your wife.”
Ryan plead no contest on July 9 to felony charges of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person, and driving under the influence.
McGuffin sentenced Ryan to serve seven to 20 years for aggravated assault, a concurrent three and one-half to seven years for leaving the scene, and a concurrent three to six months for DUI.
The bad news doesn’t end there for the Ryans. If Robin Ryan dies from her injuries, her husband will return to court on homicide charges. After reviewing Robin Ryan’s medical records, McGuffin anticipates seeing her husband again in the foreseeable future.
“Her prognosis looks incredibly grim,” McGuffin said. “I think it’s likely sir (Andrew Ryan), that we will see this case again.”