Teen Cyclist Killed on Cross-Country Ride
Car struck 7 riders in Arkansas
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 5, 2013 7:43 AM CDT
A Boston-area teen was killed in a cross-country cycling accident.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Boston-area teenager was on a cross-country cycling trip when she and six others were hit by a car Tuesday near McCrory, Arkansas. Merritt Levitan, 18, died yesterday from her injuries; the others were hospitalized, the Boston Globe reports. The 21-year-old driver, Teagan Martin, is facing an investigation ahead of possible charges. There's no sign he was drinking, a prosecutor notes, per KAIT8. Two of the cyclists are still in the hospital, the Boston Herald notes.

The directors of the program running the Charleston, SC, to Santa Monica, Calif., trip, Massachusetts-based Overland, canceled the remaining miles. "At this point, we believe that this is what needs to be done to allow all involved time to process their thoughts and emotions while surrounded by loved ones," they said. According to the prosecutor, charges are likely—"we’re just not sure what they will be at this point," he tells the Herald. Police are investigating whether Martin was using his phone; he says he was "looking off across the field and didn’t see them until it was too late," the official notes. (Among the week's other tragedies: A falling tree killed a camp counselor near Yosemite on Wednesday.)

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JimAroyo
Jul 5, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
Generally things like this happen in the Dallas area. The drivers in Dallas run into the back of police cars, ambulances, etc. Why? Because they are such arrogant drivers in Dallas that care only about themselves.
Who_Cares
Jul 5, 2013 10:42 AM CDT
That's very sad news. We have come to times that is scary to try to cross street on foot because of so many imbecils on the road. I feel for her family. I see some people showing compassion by insulting others, oh well whatever makes you happy. I was "hit and run" while riding the bike. I would never again ride on public street. When cop showed up he added insult to an injury by saying 'that you must fell down by yourself". Never mind the bike looking like crap, torn clothing and hurting all over. The witness, who stopped by, told the cop that he saw it and that it was "hit and run". Never heard from anyone again. Makes me proud of the country I live in.
Oldscorer
Jul 5, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
Someone please explain to me why bikes are suppose to travel in the same direction as motor vehicles. Sorry, but I want to be able to see a car that's coming at me. I can steer my 15lb bike a hell of a lot faster than a driver can swerve a 3,000lb car. My sincere sympathies to this woman's family