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Contact: Terry Wildy, (662) 680-4017
WILLIAMSON CO, TN – On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Tyler Noe was bicycling on the Natchez Trace Parkway near the park’s northern terminus. A black Volvo passing the bicyclists struck Noe, causing serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Volvo failed to stop and left the scene. A bicyclist wearing a camera recorded video of the incident.
National Park Rangers and Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputies identified Marshall Grant Neely III, 58, of Franklin, TN as the driver of the vehicle who left the scene.
On July 27, 2017, a federal grand jury in the US District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, indicted Neely on the following three felony counts: reckless aggravated assault, lying to a federal agent, and obstruction of justice.
On July 28, 2017 National Park Rangers arrested Neely at his home without incident.
Natchez Trace Parkway Superintendent Mary Risser reminds all visitors that the Parkway is a 444-mile long national park that welcomes millions of visitors every year. Motorists and bicyclists have a shared responsibility to use the Parkway in a responsible manner. Individuals observing aggressive drivers or any unsafe act are encouraged to contact the Natchez Trace Parkway at 1-800-300-PARK (7275).
Information on the Natchez Trace Parkway can be found at www.nps.gov/natr.
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