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    Summer cyclists' trip cancelled after deadly wreck that killed Merritt Levitan

    3:56 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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    McCRORY, Ark. (KTHV) - The summer program involving the group of young bicyclists that was hit earlier this week has been canceled.

    In a blog posted on Overland Summer's website, the directors said they were calling off the remainder of the cross-country trip. The group of thirteen, 11 students and two leaders, were traveling from Charleston, S.C. to Los Angeles, Ca. when a vehicle hit them on Tuesday evening in Woodruff County.

    Seven people were taken to hospitals for treatment. On Thursday, it was announced that one of them, 18-year-old Merritt Levitan of Massachusetts - died of her injuries. As of Friday morning, two people remained in Arkansas hospitals.

    The post on the website reads as follows:

    After extensive discussion between Tom and Liz Costley and our full time staff, we have made the decision to call off the remainder of our American Challenge Two program. At this point, we believe that this is what needs to be done to allow all involved time to process their thoughts and emotions while surrounded by loved ones. We are working with families to make arrangements for students to return home. This evening an additional individual involved in the incident was released from an area hospital and is with family in Arkansas. Four individuals remain hospitalized, with one still in critical condition. Tom and Liz spent the evening with the remaining eight group members in Arkansas. Counselors were also present. At this point, we continue to express our deepest concern for the injured individuals and their families and our gratitude for the incredible outpouring of support among the professionals, emergency personnel, law enforcement officers and communities of Arkansas and Tennessee.

     

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