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Driver Accused of Hitting Group of Cyclists Charged with Negligent Homicide

Martin is charged in connection with a fatal crash involving 13 cross-country cyclists, mostly teenagers, that occurred July 2 on Highway 17, north of McCrory.
WOODRUFF COUNTY, AR -- A man accused of hitting a group of cyclists with his car has been charged with negligent homicide.

The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Woodruff County says 21-year-old Teagan Ross Martin, of Newport, has been charged with negligent homicide, six counts of failing to properly overtake a bicycle causing serious physical injury or death, seven counts of failing to properly overtake a bicycle, and careless prohibited driving.

Martin is charged in connection with a fatal crash involving 13 cross-country cyclists, mostly teenagers, that occurred July 2 on Highway 17, north of McCrory.

Merrit Levitan, 18, of Milton, Mass. was killed in the incident.

The Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Woodruff County says negligent homicide is punishable by up to one year in the county jail, a fine not exceeding $1000, or both. Each count of failing to properly overtake a bicycle causing serious physical injury or death is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1000, and each count of failing to properly overtake a bicycle and careless and prohibited driving is punishable by a fine not exceeding $100.

The Arkansas State Police and Woodruff County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.
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