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Video Shows Vehicle Hitting Cyclist; 1 Arrested

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2018-06-28 09:20:08-04

A cyclist was hit by a vehicle on Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County. The driver fled from the scene, but it was all captured on video.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, Greg Goodman posted the video he shot from his helmet on social media after the black Volvo slammed into his riding partner, identified as Tyler Noe, on a cycling training run. (Watch video above. WARNING: Adult language. Video may shock some viewers.)

According to Goodman, they heard a honk right before the Volvo hit Noe. Amazingly, Noe was injured, but those injuries were not life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of those injuries.

Goodman said the fact Noe jumped right back up in the video was deceiving, when in reality he was badly bruised. He added Noe was resting at home.

The driver of the Volvo did not stop, but he was later identified as 58-year-old Marshall Grant Neely III, of Franklin.

Reports stated Neely was taken into custody on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of accident, and failure to render aid. Officials confirmed Neely was released from the Williamson County Jail Saturday on bond.

Authorities with the National Park Service said U.S. Park Rangers were set to meet with the United States Attorney's Office next week to consider additional charges.

“The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bicycle route, and bicycle traffic increases dramatically on the weekends and holidays,” reminded Acting Chief Ranger Calvin Farmer. “In Mississippi and Tennessee, bicyclists are allowed to use the full lane of traffic to ride in when necessary. Federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file, and riders are encouraged to move to the right to allow for vehicles to pass. It is also highly recommended riders wear high-visibility clothing and flashing front and rear lights. Vehicle drivers must provide a safe distance when overtaking and passing a bicyclist.” 

According to reports, Neely has been an employee with the University School of Nashville. Officials with the school released the following statement through social media on Sunday afternoon:

"Marshall Neely served as dean of students at University School of Nashville before transitioning to a part-time role this summer. He also is parent of two alumni. As of today, USN has placed Mr. Neely on leave of absence while we investigate the circumstances. All other matters related to his employment are confidential. We appreciate the work of law enforcement on this matter and will cooperate fully with their investigation. Our thoughts are with the cyclist and his family as well as the Neely family during this difficult time."

Goodman said he was training Noe for his first Ironman Triathlon. This was Noe's first time on a bike since he was a child. Goodman chose the Natchez Trace Parkway as the training site because he rides it frequently and believes it's a safe location.

However, Goodman added he always rides with a GoPro camera on his helmet in case these types of incidents take place. He also said he purposely shared the video on social media to get the word out in hopes of finding the driver.