Driver who hit Natchez Trace cyclist accepts plea deal

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The man who injured a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash on the Natchez Trace last year accepted a plea deal Monday in federal court. 

Marshall Neely III, 59, of Franklin, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to reckless aggravated assault, lying to a federal agent and obstruction of justice, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to the plea agreement, Neely agreed to accept a term of 10 months in jail, to be followed by three years supervised release, when he is sentenced on Aug. 17, 2018.  

The agreement also calls for Neely to pay $1,210.00 in restitution to the victim. 

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Neely was accused of hitting Tyler Noe with his SUV on July 8 while he was riding with a friend.

The indictment alleged that Neely’s son went to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and reported the SUV that struck the bicyclist belonged to his father because he recognized the stickers on the back.

Neely is accused of removing the stickers from the SUV before troopers arrived at his home.

After striking the bicyclist, Neely failed to stop and left the scene.

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Officers reportedly found Neely unconscious on the floor of his home. After he was woken up, Neely said the bicyclist threw his bicycle at him, according to the indictment.

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 Noe.

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The video contained a visible license plate and other decals which subsequently led to the identification of the vehicle and its driver, Marshall Neely III.

He also admitted that after seeing the video posted online, he removed the decals from the rear window of his car because he knew the decals would lead to his identification.

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