Arkansas Man Pleads Not Guilty In Cyclist Crash

Arkansas Man Pleads Not Guilty In Cyclist Crash

A 21-year-old man accused of driving into and injuring a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip has pleaded not guilty.
AUGUSTA, Ark. (AP) - A 21-year-old man accused of driving into and injuring a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor John Bell said Teagan Ross Martin of Newport pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Martin faces a negligent homicide charge after one of the cyclists died this summer. He also faces one count of careless and prohibited driving and 13 counts related to overtaking a bicycle.

Eighteen-year-old Merritt Levitan, of Milton, Mass., died from her injuries following the July 2 crash near McCrory. Several other cyclists were hurt.

Bell says Martin's case is reset for Sept. 30, though it will likely be pushed back.

One of Martin's lawyers confirmed that Martin pleaded not guilty to all charges, but declined to comment further.

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