HAWKEYE — A 3-year-old child suffered serious injuries to a leg Wednesday night after being run over by a riding lawnmower in Hawkeye. The allegedly intoxicated 23-year-old operator is facing a felony charge.
According to court documents and a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call at 8:43 p.m., June 5, reported that the girl had been run over by a lawn mower and she was seriously injured.
Tri-State Ambulance responded to the 100 block of East Burger Street and gave her medical attention before she was transported by Gundersen Air helicopter to the Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. As of Thursday morning, she remained in serious condition.
Tanner J. Miller of Hawkeye was intoxicated and mowing at his residence when he backed over the child, according to the Sheriff’s Office. His bail is set at $5,000 cash or surety. He also is being assigned court-appointed counsel.
He had a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher according to a criminal complaint.
Miller was arrested Wednesday night and charged with operating while intoxicated, first offense, a serious misdemeanor, and the Class D felony of serious injury by vehicle.
A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $7,500 fine.
Miller was transported to the Fayette County Jail and made his initial court appearance Thursday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawkeye Fire Department, Hawkeye First Responders, and TriState Ambulance.
This collision is being investigated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Technical Collision Investigator.