Charges possible for Ark. driver who hit cyclists from SC

McCRORY, Ark. (AP/WCIV) - Prosecutors are considering filing charges against a 21-year-old driver who struck and injured a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country trip.

Prosecutor John Bell said Wednesday that authorities are investigating why the driver crashed into a group of 13 cyclists on Tuesday afternoon near McCrory, Ark., about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Bell says there wasn't any evidence that the driver had been drinking alcohol.

The crash injured 7 of the 13 cyclists traveling from Charleston, S.C., to Santa Monica, Calif., as part of a six-week trip organized by a Williamstown, Mass.-based company called Overland.

The company says 5 of the seven injured cyclists remained hospitalized Wednesday. One was in critical condition.

Overland says the cycling group included 11 high school students and two adult guides.

The Overland group was on a six-week bike ride across the country that, according to the group's website, ends at the Pacific Ocean where "[members] will jump off [their bikes], race across the sand and dive into the water. [They'll] scream, yell, shout and hug."

The journey started in Charleston and was supposed to take the group across the Mississippi River, past the Grand Canyon and into the San Gabriel Mountains before hitting the coast.

The group's website says they will cover at least 80 miles each day over the duration of the trip.