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Cyclist dies after highway crash

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(WMC-TV) - One of the several cyclists hit by a car on Highway 17 Tuesday has died.

The group was traveling cross-country when a vehicle slammed into them. Seven were taken to the hospital, and at least one was taken by helicopter to The MED.

Tom and Liz Costley of the traveling group, Overland Summer Camps, released the following statement on their website:

"This morning we received confirmation that Merritt Levitan of Milton, Massachusetts, died as a result of injuries sustained in a terrible incident that occurred outside of McCrory, Arkansas, while participating in an Overland bicycle touring program. Liz and I, and the entire Overland community, are heartsick by this tragic loss. We extend our deepest condolences to Merritt's family, friends and loved ones."

Arkansas State Police turned the cyclist investigation over to the prosecuting attorney in Woodruff County. Investigators say 21-year-old Teagan Martin was traveling north on Highway 17, about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock when Martin struck a group of 13 cyclists from behind.

Four teens remain hospitalized while the other eight cyclists are staying with a Mid-South couple.

The eight teens will remain with the couple until they decide whether to continue their trip or return home.

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