5 still hospitalized 24 hours after cyclists hit by car
McCRORY (KATV) - A group of high school students' bicycle trip across the country came to a violent end in Arkansas after someone plowed into them just outside of McCrory.
A full day after the crash, five people were still hospitalized, one of whom was fighting for their life.
"Whenever you get a call and the first think you hear is that 13 bicyclists got hit...you pretty much know that it's something that you've never been faced with," said Woodruff County Sheriff Stacy Barker.
Witnesses said a man in his 20s who seemed to be distracted plowed into the group of cyclists in the northbound lanes of Highway 17. The driver has since been identified as 21-year-old Teagan Ross Martin of Newport.
Seven of the cyclists were injured.
Sheriff Barker said it was difficult to stomach, but he was proud to be helping out.
"We told 'em we needed every available unit we could get....If it was my kid, I would hope that someone would be there for them."
The cyclists were mostly high school aged kids with the Overland Summer Program - a camp based in Massachusetts, though a camp spokesperson said the campers were from all over the nation. Two of the injured have been released from the hospital but five were still hospitalized Wednesday evening - one in critical condition.
Martin has not been charged with any crime. According to an Arkansas State Police news release, if Martin is charged at all, it likely won't be until next week.