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Cyclist who recorded Natchez Trace bike crash gets back on the road

Video of a bicyclist being hit on the Natchez Trace Parkway Saturday has prompted a flurry of response regarding the crash. PHOTO: Greg Goodman submitted via video

The man accused of hitting a bicyclist along Natchez Trace then fleeing the scene was released from federal custody Tuesday with certain conditions.

Marshall Neely, III, 58, of Franklin was indicted last week by a federal grand jury and charged with reckless aggravated assault; lying to a federal agent; and obstruction of justice.

According to the indictment, a helmet camera captured a bicyclist being hit from behind by a Volvo and thrown from his vehicle on the morning of July 8. The Volvo did not stop after the incident.

Tyler Noe was the cyclist who got hit. His friend, Greg Goodman, was also on the ride and recorded the whole incident on his GoPro.

"It just heightened my awareness of what really can happen so quick, and we're so fortunate that Tyler is alive," Goodman said.

It's been nearly a month since the crash. Goodman said he finally got back out on his bike this past weekend.

"I rode for the first time on Saturday since it happened," Goodman said. "I'll have to say I was uneasy just being out there."

Other cyclists have mixed thoughts about Neely's release.

"I think in time he's gonna get his due for what went on so for him to be out right now isn't a big deal because he can't drive," Barry Elkins said. "I hope this teaches him a lesson and all people out there a lesson."

"Unfortunately, a lot of times, cyclists are at fault" Tracy Bledsoe said. "They need to be a little bit more courteous too, but that doesn't offset what he did. What he did was wrong, and, like Barry said, he will have to answer for what he did,"

Neely has now been released from federal custody with certain condition.

Those conditions restrict him to the district of middle Tennessee (unless prior approval), and prevent him from operating a vehicle or discussing the case with any immediate family members.

Neely is also required to participate in substance abuse therapy, maintain or seek employment, surrender his passport, and submit to any pretrial testing.

Neely, a former Dean at the University School of Nashville, charged in the case previously told Fox 17 News he didn't intentionally hit the bicyclist.

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