San Saba teen flown by helicopter to hospital after hit-and-run accident

Driver arrested after witnesses follow suspect vehicle into Brownwood

Steve Nash
Brownwood Bulletin
An injured 15-year-old-old San Saba girl is placed into an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter after a hit-and-run accident early Monday afternoon at the Heartland Mall entrance on U.S. Highway 183 North.
An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter prepares to land in a grassy area near the Early One Source after a hit-and-run accident at the Heartland Mall entrance on U.S. Highway 183 North. A 15-year-old San Saba girl was flown out in the helicopter.
Abigayle Ryan

A15-year-old San Saba girl was flown by helicopter to a hospital Monday after the pickup she was riding in was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash at the Heartland Mall entrance on U.S. Highway 183.

Police arrested a Brownwood woman on a charge of accident with serious bodily injury after witnesses provided a license plate number and followed the vehicle to the OYO motel in Brownwood, Early Police Chief David Mercer said.

The injured girl was riding in a pickup driven by her father.

Mercer identified the woman who was arrested as Abigayle Lynn Ryan, 21.

Mercer said via email:

Early firefighters and Lifeguard Ambulance arrived at the accident scene with officers. Witnesses said the Tahoe exited the mall parking lot at a high rate of speed and struck a pickup traveling northbound on 183. The Tahoe quickly drove away, swerving in and out of traffic. Brownwood and Early officers located the driver at the OYO Hotel.

The passenger of the victim vehicle was a 15-year-old female who was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth with possible severe injuries. The driver and father of the 15-year-old was treated on scene by lifeguard EMS but refused transport so he could go meet his daughter at the Fort Worth hospital.

The father and daughter are from San Saba, Mercer said.