Cyclist hit on Natchez Trace Pky; Dean of Students at USN arrested

(Courtesy: Greg Goodman)

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash on Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County Saturday morning, and an administrator of a private school in Nashville has been charged.

The incident was captured on video by Greg Goodman, who provided the video to News 2. He said he recorded the crash on his GoPro as he rode his bike alongside his friend Tyler Noe around 11 a.m. Saturday.

In the video, a white truck is seen passing the bikers prior to the crash, giving them plenty of room.

Tyler Noe (Courtesy: Carly Wunder)

A few seconds later, a black SUV hit Noe, throwing him to the ground. The driver never stopped even though the video clearly shows he hit the cyclist.

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Noe was treated at a nearby hospital. He is now recovering at home after suffering cuts and bruises.

Roughly eight miles south of the bridge, there are a number of signs posted that say bikers may use the full lane, but that did not stop the incident from happening.

According to the National Park Service, 58-year-old Marshall Grant Neely III was booked into the Williamson County Detention Center on Saturday night, where he is charged with reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of an accident, and failure to render aid. Federal charges could be pending.

Marshall Grant Neely III (Courtesy: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office)

According to an arrest report, Neely said a man and woman were standing in the road and threw the bicycle at his car.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department says Neely is out of jail on bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 20.

Neely was the Dean of Students at University School of Nashville and has been placed on a leave of absence after his arrest in connection with the incident.

University School of Nashville issued the following statement to News 2 on Sunday afternoon:

Marshall Neely served as dean of students at University School of Nashville before transitioning to a part-time role this summer. He also is parent of two alumni. As of today, USN has placed Mr. Neely on leave of absence while we investigate the circumstances. All other matters related to his employment are confidential. We appreciate the work of law enforcement on this matter and will cooperate fully with their investigation. Our thoughts are with the cyclist and his family as well as the Neely family during this difficult time.

Scanner traffic from the time of the crash reveals first responders had difficulty at first locating the victim though deputies spotted the Volvo shortly after the incident.