York woman in coma after DUI driver runs over her
YORK, Pa.– A Manchester man is facing charges after striking a woman with his vehicle while driving under the influence.
Tyler Connelly, 26, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, careless driving and other related charges after striking a woman with his vehicle.
On August 10 at about 4 p.m., police were dispatched to the front of 725 Roosevelt Ave. to investigate a pedestrian that had been struck.
Upon arrival, officers found Cheyann Miller laying on the ground between two vehicles with large lacerations on her legs. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and as of August 15, she was in a medically induced coma and in danger of losing her legs and life.
Michael Brooks, a passenger in Connelly’s car at the time of the incident, told police that the pair had made the drive to York to purchase heroin. Brooks said that the two agreed to use the heroin in a parked car on the 200 block of Roosevelt Ave.
After the duo was done, Connelly began to drive north on Roosevelt Ave. Brooks noticed that Connelly began dozing off and said the car drifted to the right several times. He said Connelly looked down at his phone when he felt an abrupt impact.
Police say Connelly struck Miller, who was unloading her groceries from the back of her parked Chevy Suburban, with his Saturn Ion. Police downloaded the information from the Event Data Recorder in Connelly’s vehicle, and it was determined that he was driving 29 mph and did not brake prior to the impact.
Upon further investigation, it was found that Connelly’s driver’s license had been suspended since 2008 after he was convicted for DUI in back-to-back years. He has been charged with driving under suspension 4 times between 2008-2014.
Connelly was admitted to York Hospital after the accident. A test of his blood revealed that he had Amphetamine, Cocaine and Opiates in his system at the time he struck Miller.