Public Safety

3-year-old Eastern Iowa girl run over, seriously injured by lawn mower

Driver faces two charges, including operating while intoxicated

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A 3-year-old girl was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run over by a lawn mower in Hawkeye.

Emergency personnel treated the child at the scene, and she was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said the man who was driving the lawn mower — Tanner J. Miller, 23, of Hawkeye — was mowing at the child’s residence when he backed over the child.

Deputies said Miller was intoxicated when the incident occurred.

Miller faces charges of homicide or serious injury by vehicle, a Class D felony, and operating while intoxicated — first offense. He is being held at Fayette County Jail.

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