McCRORY, Ark. - Prosecutors are considering filing charges against a 21-year-old driver who struck and injured a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.
Prosecutor John Bell said Wednesday that authorities are investigating why the driver crashed into a group of 13 cyclists on Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, Ark., about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Bell says there wasn't any evidence that the driver had been drinking alcohol.
The crash injured seven of the 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland. The company is owned by Tom and Liz Costley, of Williamstown, who along with two additional Overland staff members "are on the ground in the area with participants and their family members," according to a statement on the company's website.
The company says five of the seven injured cyclists remained hospitalized Wednesday. One was in critical condition.
Overland says the cycling group included 11 high school students and two adult guides.
"We continue to express our deepest concern for those injured and for their families, and reiterate our gratitude to responding emergency personnel, including responding law enforcement personnel," Overland said in a statement on its website.