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Lincoln man charged with misdemeanors in death of bicyclist
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Lincoln man charged with misdemeanors in death of bicyclist

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A Lincoln man has been charged with two misdemeanors in the death of a Belgian man killed while cycling in Wyoming on Thursday.

The Wyoming State Patrol charged Thomas C. Barnhart, 34, with reckless driving and failing to maintain a single lane of traffic after his 2014 Ford F-250 crossed onto the shoulder of Wyoming Highway 85 at 2:40 p.m. Thursday, striking Paul J. Dupont, of Brussels, from behind.

The 70-year-old was thrown from his bicycle, and declared dead at the scene.

Dupont had been on a long-distance bicycle tour, said Sgt. Tim Remig of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He was traveling alone, and heading south from Canada.

The accident occurred approximately 30 miles north of Cheyenne, on a heavily trafficked road, but one used regularly by cyclists. Weather conditions were overcast, but dry.

The accident is under review by the Wyoming District Attorney’s Office to see if additional charges are warranted. Barnhart was ticketed at the scene.

Driver fatigue and improper lane use are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash, according to a press release from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7218 or clangekubick@journalstar.com. On Twitter @TheRealCLK.

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