An 18-year-old has died as the result of her injuries after being struck by a car near McCrory, Arkansas, while cycling cross-country with the youth adventure company Overland. Merritt Levitan, of Massachusetts, was one of 13 participants on the six-week trip, according to the Associated Press.
Overland issued a statement offering their condolences to Levitan's family and saying that the rest of the trip would be canceled.
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.
An unidentified 21-year-old driver hit the group Wednesday afternoon, injuring seven. Investigators say that alcohol was not involved, but other causes, such as a cell phone, have not been ruled out. No charges have yet been brought.