BEND, OR -- The 41-year-old Alfalfa woman accused killing a Bend cyclist was arraigned Tuesday. Shantel Witt faces Manslaughter and Driving Under the Influence charges, in connection with last month's deadly crash. "Judge Adler did order that she be on house arrest and that she wear an alcohol ankle bracelet to detect whether she's drinking during her release," Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said after the hearing. He says the additional restrictions are due to the severity of the charges, "It's not that uncommon in serious cases such as this, for the court to order a person to wear the alcohol detector bracelet."
Marika Stone, a competitive cyclist and dentist in Bend, died December 30 after she was struck by Witt's pickup on Dodds Road. Hummel says he'll soon go to the Grand jury, and then Witt will enter a plea.
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The D.A. tells KBND News the tragic incident has created a learning opportunity. "This case has brought to the fore something that we've seen in this community, bubbling up, as more people ride bikes, there' s more conflict with cars, and we need to come together as a community, and realize that the roads need to be shared by everyone." To achieve that goal, Hummel plans to meet with Bend City Councilor Sally Russell, "We hope to have a community dialogue about how we can make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and people in cars."