Hit and runs happen everyday, but the one that happened on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Nashville this weekend might take the cake.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Nashville area, the Natchez Trace is a scenic parkway that starts in Williamson County outside the city and winds its way down to Natchez, Mississippi. It’s a beautiful road and, therefore, very popular with bicyclists, to the point that bicyclists are allowed to use a full lane of traffic to ride in when necessary (although federal regulations still require bicyclists to ride single file). On Saturday morning, a bicyclist, Tyler Noe, was hit on the parkway and the driver of the car fled the scene. Unbeknownst to him, the other bicyclist had a GoPro on his helmet, filming the entire incident:
— Matthew Torres (@NC5_MTorres) July 9, 2017
Here’s where the story gets really crazy. The driver of the car is Marshall Neely, who, until very, very recently, was the dean of University School of Nashville (USN), one of the most prestigious private schools in Nashville. USN has since distanced themselves from Neely (smart), who has been 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. In the arrest report, Neely claimed that “a man and a woman were stranding in the road and threw a bicycle at his car.” Clearly, he was not aware there was footage of the accident.
In the video, you can see Noe pop back up after getting hit, but he was taken to the hospital for several bruises and scrapes; thankfully, none of his injuries are life threatening. Meanwhile, Neely could face additional federal charges this week (the Natchez Trace is a national park). Should Noe have been riding single file? Absolutely. But in my opinion, Neely deserves all the charges coming to him.