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Annapolis man who drove into lane of cyclists, killing a Hanover resident in March, indicted on seven charges

The driver who killed a 59-year-old Hanover cyclist in March after crossing into a lane full of bicyclists on a ride to Sandy Point State Park was indicted on seven charges Tuesday relating to the crash.

Annapolis resident Carl Behler, 68, was charged with negligent manslaughter, two counts of homicide with a motor vehicle, two counts of driving while impaired by controlled dangerous substance, as well as two misdemeanors related to causing life-threatening injuries.

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He is being held without bond. Drew Cochran, the attorney representing Behler in the case, said his client has no comment.

Rachael Maney, National Director of Bike Law, lauded the prosecutor’s work.

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“We are incredibly grateful for the work that prosecutor Carolynn Grammas has done and continues to do for our community and clients. All the cyclists, friends and family whose lives have forever been changed ... are deserving of nothing less,” Maney said. “Our pursuit for justice, the grand jury’s indictment, and yesterday’s decision by the Honorable Sydney Butcher to hold Behler without bond are a small reprieve for our clients and their families during a very difficult holiday season.”

Behler crossed into a lane full of bicyclists on a ride to Sandy Point State Park on March 8, police said. Arthur Herbert Carter Jr. was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash after police responded to East College Parkway near Bay Head Road. Another cyclist, Jeffrey Michael Adler, 58, of Pasadena was seriously injured.

Police said Behler was traveling eastbound on East College Parkway in the area of Bay Head Road. The group of bicyclists was riding westbound on East College Parkway. The cyclists were riding on the ridge edge of the roadway since there was no shoulder, police said.

Behler crossed the center of the two-lane road and struck the group of bicycles riding west, police said.

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