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Woman charged in death of cross-country cyclist

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 19:51:32-05

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) -- A woman accused of crashing into a bicyclist with her vehicle while looking at her cellphone has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

The Oklahoman reports that 34-year-old Sarah Morris was charged Thursday. Prosecutors say Morris struck and killed 25-year-old Patrick Wanninkhof as he was riding on State Highway 152 in July. The New York high school teacher was cycling with about two dozen others for the nonprofit Bike and Build, which sends cyclists across the country to help organizations build affordable homes for people in need.

Prosecutors say Morris did not give Wanninkhof the required three feet of space while she was driving and failed to see the cyclists in time to avoid hitting them.

An attorney listed as representing Morris did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.