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Arkansas man pleads not guilty in cyclist crash

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 on Thursday to all charges.

Martin faces a negligent homicide charge after 1 of the cyclists died this summer. He also faces one count of careless and prohibited driving and 13 counts related to overtaking a bicycle.

Martin's lawyers didn't respond to a phone message on Thursday.

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

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