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Driver charged in deadly crash with bicyclist

File image from the crash scene on June 8, 2016. (Source: KAIT) File image from the crash scene on June 8, 2016. (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington tells Region 8 News a woman has been charged in the death of a bicyclist from a crash nearly one year ago.

Jessica N. Miller, 28, is charged with careless and prohibited driving and overtaking a bicycle, according to Ellington.

In June 2016, 42-year-old Jason McDonald was struck and killed by a truck driven by Miller while cycling along Craighead County Road 766 near KAIT.

Ellington states a toxicology report showed Miller did have marijuana in her system at the time of the crash. However, the state's report did not quantify how much marijuana was in her system.

"There's no quantification. There's no way of knowing when it was put in her body, ingested in her body. And if she was under the influence or not. Officers that worked the accident said there was no indication that she was under the influence of any drugs," Ellington said Wednesday

The investigator in the case, according to the prosecutor, is of the opinion that Miller did not act as if she was under the influence of anything. She was appropriately upset and nothing he observed indicated she was driving impaired.  

Miller is due back in court on July 11. 

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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