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Friday, October 4, 2019

Jury Finds Lock Haven Man Guilty of Aggravated Assault in Crash That Critically Injured Galeton Woman on Coudersport Pike in 2016

The Record Online--10-4-2019– It took just over thirty minutes Thursday for a Clinton County jury to return verdicts of guilty against Donald Wayne Bowman, 46, of Lock Haven. Bowman was convicted on two counts of aggravated assault while driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated assault by motor vehicle. 

The case was prosecuted by Clinton County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Angelelli, and Patrick Johnson was counsel for Bowman. 

Witnesses testified that on the night of December 23, 2016, Bowman left his lane of travel on Route 664 near the Caldwell church in Clinton County and crashed head-on into a vehicle occupied by two women and a four year old child.  

The women sustained serious injuries, one of them critically injured.  Evidence was presented that Bowman appeared highly intoxicated after the crash and admitted to drinking at least five beers earlier in the evening.  The jury was also told that Bowman’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.15 percent at the time of the crash. 

Bowman is scheduled for sentencing on December 6. He faces a maximum sentence of 34 years in prison. 

A portion of Sept 1, 2017 article in Lock Haven Express is below:

Bowman was the driver of a pickup truck heading north that traveled into the southbound lane and hit the front passenger side of a Toyota Camry, occupied by two adults and one child, police said.

Bowman’s blood-alcohol content was .161 percent, police said.

The driver of the Camry, Brenda W. Yonkin, 50, of Galeton and her passenger, Megan Byrnes, 22, of Lock Haven were trapped in the car for about an hour. They were transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where Yonkin remained in critical condition for some time with a partially severed right hand, crushed left ankle and broken ribs, police said.

A 4-year-old toddler in Yonkin’s car suffered only minor injuries, thanks to being in a child safety seat, police said.

Police said evidence at the scene of the accident indicate Bowman was completely in the oncoming lane of travel and is at fault for the crash.

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