Unfortunately, one of the seven cyclists, Lee Merritt Levitan, died. We have been in contact with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and at this time the Prosecuting Attorney and the Arkansas State Police are still investigating the accident to determine what, if any, charges can be brought against the driver.
Overland had several other groups riding through Arkansas and we helped reroute them. In addition, thanks to Willa Williams and her contact at the Yell County extension office, Casey Scarborough, they were able to accommodate Overland’s request to transport 13 bicyclists, their bicycles and gear from Dardenelle to Ft Smith.
The accident has stirred talk of the need for a statewide advocacy organization to work on developing safe routes throughout Arkansas. We are working with the people around the state in developing Bike/Walk Arkansas, a statewide organization. See the Bike/Walk Arkansas Facebook page.