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Woman accused of hitting cyclist in Avon Lake pleads not guilty

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The driver accused of hitting a cyclist and driving off in May pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

The driver, Allison Spoerl, faces multiple felony counts in the case. She is accused of running into Patty Banks, 51, on a bike back in May and then driving off. She later allegedly took her car to a body shop for repair.

Banks, an avid cyclist and triathlete, was critically injured.

Her fellow cyclists planned to attend the arraignment to highlight to the prosecutor and judge that they face dangers on the road every day and they want to see the suspect not only severely punished but also any other driver careless enough to ignore a cyclist.

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