The two cyclists were riding on a popular recreational route in central Tennessee over the weekend when helmet-camera footage captured the moment a vehicle apparently plowed into one of them before the motorist drove away, authorities said.

As the two men were heard chatting and laughing Saturday morning while finishing a ride along Natchez Trace Parkway, a car horn blared in the background. The cyclists let one vehicle pass and then, 23-year-old Tyler Noe said, he and his fellow cyclist, Greg Goodman, who was filming the scene, heard a second car attempting to speed up from behind.

“Out of the blue, I got rear-ended,” Noe said.

The video showed a black Volvo slam into Noe, knocking him from his bicycle and the driver leaving the scene.

It then showed Noe hit the pavement, spin around on his back and jump to his feet — a move he attributed to adrenaline. He appeared to limp from the roadway.

Noe told The Washington Post the moment was hard to explain because “it’s a shocking thing to me.”

“When it hit me,” he said, “I just closed my eyes and let everything go, because there was no way of stopping it. And when I opened my eyes the car was still going.”

Noe said he suffered numerous bruises and is waiting on more X-rays to determine whether he has fractures in his left leg, which he said he cannot properly move.

The National Park Service, which oversees Natchez Trace Parkway, said in a statement Sunday that Goodman provided helmet-camera video of the hit-and-run incident to investigators, and rangers along with Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies later identified the driver as 58-year-old Marshall Grant Neely III. Neely, a former dean at University School of Nashville, was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of accident and failure to render aid, according to the National Park Service.

Neely has since been released on bond, authorities said. Neely could not immediately be reached for comment, and it is not clear whether he has an attorney.

University School of Nashville spokeswoman Juanita Traughber said Neely served as dean of students at the school until the summer, then moved into a part-time role.

“As of today, USN has placed Mr. Neely on leave of absence while we investigate the circumstances,” Traughber said Monday in the statement. “All other matters related to his employment are confidential.

“We appreciate the work of law enforcement on this matter and will cooperate fully with their investigation. Our thoughts are with the cyclist and his family as well as the Neely family during this difficult time.”

The National Park Service lists safety tips for drivers traveling along Natchez Trace Parkway:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Obey posted speed limits.
  • Check road conditions before you leave on a trip.
  • Know that the Parkway’s lanes are narrower than normal roadways and that the road has little to no shoulder for most of the route.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Pull over in a safe spot to use your cell phone or send a text message.
  • Watch for bicyclists as they have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Share the road and give at least 3 feet of space when passing.
  • Watch for wildlife on the road, especially in the morning and evening.
  • Beware of the distractions – the wildlife, wildflowers, and extraordinary views all contribute to the Parkway experience. Pull over at designated stops to enjoy the scenery.
  • If driving a recreational vehicle (RV) be alert to areas closed to RVs. Visit our recreational vehicle page for more information.

As well as tips for cyclists:

  • Follow the same rules of the road as motorists. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
  • Ride single-file and on the right (with traffic) at all times. Use hand signals to let motorists know what you will be doing next.
  • Avoid the Tupelo, Miss., and Jackson, Miss., areas during weekday rush hours due to the high volume of motor vehicle traffic.
  • Plan to be off the parkway between sundown and sunup. Use lights and reflectors in lowlight conditions.
  • Wear brightly-colored, high-visibility clothing and a properly fitting helmet. Carry identification and emergency medical information. Let family members know your itinerary.
  • Treat pedestrians with the same courtesy you would expect from motorists.
  • Report all incidents involving cyclists or pedestrians to the Natchez Trace Parkway at 800-305-7417. In emergency situations, call 911.

“The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bicycle route, and bicycle traffic increases dramatically on the weekends and holidays,” Acting Chief Ranger Calvin Farmer said in the statement. “In Mississippi and Tennessee, bicyclists are allowed to use the full lane of traffic to ride in when necessary. Federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file, and riders are encouraged to move to the right to allow for vehicles to pass. It is also highly recommended riders wear high-visibility clothing and flashing front and rear lights. Vehicle drivers must provide a safe distance when overtaking and passing a bicyclist.”

This story has been updated.

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