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9/18/2013 2:36:00 PM
Man charged in cyclist's death appears in Coles court
Samuel L. Meadows, 21, Lerna, the driver accused of killing a local bicyclist and seriously injuring another, had a court appearance Monday.

Meadows was allegedly driving drunk when he ran into five bicyclists from the Flat Rock Amish community at 9:10 p.m. July 6 near Charleston. The riders, aged 16 to 27, were returning from a horse show.

Leonard Beachy, 16, was killed at the scene, according to Coles County Coroner Ed Schniers.

Javin M. Lehman, 20, required two 10-inch rods placed next to his spine in surgery. The three other bicyclists were treated and released from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Lehman said the group would ride in a column, changing the leader to keep the riders fresh. He had just taken the lead position when Meadows drove into the column, Lehman said.

The report from the Coles County Sheriff's Office said Meadows left the scene of the accident and was arrested three hours later when he was found driving a vehicle matching the description of the one in the accident.

He is charged in two cases: one alleging two counts of failure to report an accident causing a death and two counts of aggravated DUI causing a death and another case alleging driving under the influence.

The court filing said the defense withdrew a motion demanding a speedy trial in the DUI case. The defense had not entered that demand in the other case.

His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 18 in the Coles County Courthouse.





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