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LR Cyclist Jason Pratt, hit & run.
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Police say bicyclist killed in hit-and-run
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

A bicyclist was struck and killed during a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning in Little Rock, according to a report released by Arkansas State Police.
Jason N. Pratt, 29, of Little Rock was pedaling east in the 6900 block of Markham Street near Hughes Street when he was struck from the rear by an unknown vehicle about 6:10 a.m., the report states. The vehicle fled.
Little Rock Police are investigating.

from the local television news KARK.com...

Cyclist killed in hit and run
( Air Date: 8/6/2005 )
A Little Rock man was killed eary saturday morning when a car struck his bicycle.
It happened around 6:40 in the 6900 block of West Markham. Police say 29-year old Jason Pratt was headed eastbound when a car struck him from behind.
The car flipped Pratt and bicycle into a nearby yard.
He was pronounced dead on the scene, and police are still trying to track down the driver.
Right now, they have no description of the vehicle. If you have any information contact the Little Rock police department.

Please keep this young man's family in your prayers and that the person responsible for this tragedy will be brought to justice.
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Ride of silence this weekend in Little Rock.
Navigate to www.arkansasbicycleclub.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=348 for details and the exact date/time.

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With reverent silence, 75 cyclists in memory of Jason Pratt
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Jason Pratt - remember this cyclist? I have, just about every day I went out to ride.

Today the media here reported an arrest of 26 year old John Patrick Moody of Houston, TX for leaving the scene of a personal injury, which is a Class "D" felony in AR

Yeah for the crime lab.


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Does not fit the profile of someone I expected. John Moody was visiting his parents from Houston. He is a law school student.
Reportedly he turned himself in after a warrent was issued for his arrest. There were rumours last month that the state crime lab was close to an id. This is amazing, if you've been following this you would know that this occurred early in the morning on a weekend and with no eye witnesses I'm told. Though there was an "ear-witness" who heard the impact moments before.

A Sargeant with the police department told us that when he worked hit-n-run investigations in OK for two years the capability was there to identify a car's make, model and year with a paint chip analysis adding that in this case there were paint marks on the bicycle's frame.

Now the trial phase and if Moody is found guilty a stiff sentencing. Someone will want to debate ahead of time what that will be.

What encourages me, as it should you, is that law enforcement went with seemingly so little clues and in just three months made an arrest. This is comforting. Perhaps the cash reward raised by Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA), the ride of silence the week after and press anouncements helped.

We should all hope that if one of us ever got killed in such a circumstance that evaulation of clues would yield this result on our behalf


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Democrat Article from 11/9/05
Suspect in fatal accident arrested
Man surrenders on warrant in LR
BY JIM BROOKS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE

A broken blinker light cover, a pair of curious neighbors, paint chips and cell phone records led Little Rock police to a 26-year-old law student as a suspect in an Aug. 6 traffic accident that left a bicyclist dead.
On Tuesday, John Patrick Moody of 2 Crestmont Drive surrendered at Little Rock District Court on a warrant charging him with leaving the scene of the accident in which Jason Pratt, 29, was killed. Moody, a law student at South Texas College of Law in Houston, pleaded innocent and was released on his own recognizance.
Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death is a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in state prison.
Little Rock attorney Sam Perroni of Little Rock, who represents Moody, said his client was innocent and expressed sympathy for Pratt, his family and friends.
"It’s always very unfortunate when someone loses their life in an accident," Perroni said.
According to an affidavit in support of the warrant, a witness reported seeing a man shortly after the accident unloading beer bottles from a green Land Rover. Police later recovered the vehicle — owned by Moody’s father, Ed Moody — and obtained evidence tying the vehicle to Pratt’s death.
Early on the morning of Aug. 6, Jim Stanton, who lives in the 6900 block of W. Markham Street was awakened by a noise, checked his clock and noticed it was 4:36 a.m., detective Ronnie Smith wrote in the affidavit.
Stanton went back to sleep, but his recollection later allowed police to narrow down the time the accident occurred, police said.
Meanwhile, between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m., another person — identified only as Witness A in Smith’s affidavit — was awakened by the sound of a vehicle with a flat tire.
"Immediately, Witness A heard what sounded like the clanging sound of beer bottles being tossed into the dumpster," Smith wrote. "All this activity took place on the parking lot just south of Witness A’s location."
Police later identified the area as the parking lot of the Bank of the Ozarks at 7500 Cantrell Road.
The man told detectives he saw two men in the parking lot, including a white male unloading an ice chest out of the back seat of a Land Rover and putting a pack of beer into the trunk of a dark colored Ford Mustang.
The two men then left the bank parking lot in the Mustang, leaving the Land Rover in the lot with a flat tire.
Shortly after 6 a.m., a caller reported that a man was laying in the yard of a house in the 6900 block of West Markham Street, next to a bicycle. Officers discovered Pratt’s body lying near a tree in the yard.
"Officers collected three pieces of a broken orange plastic at the scene," Smith wrote.
On Aug. 8, Witness A was again awakened at an early hour and looked outside to see another vehicle parked next to the Land Rover, Smith wrote in the affidavit.
As the witness watched, he saw the Land Rover and a silver sport utility vehicle pull from the parking lot of the bank. The witness then called 911 to report the suspicious activity and police were sent to the lot.
A Little Rock police officer spoke with the two men, who told him they were fixing a flat tire. A few minutes later, two other police officers talked to the men changing the tire, and noted yellow paint on the Land Rover’s suspension coil spring.
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The unidentified witness later picked John Patrick Moody out of a police photographic lineup as the man he saw looking through the front passenger side of the Land Rover with a flashlight in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, the affidavit reports. The witness later identified William Lawson Moody’s photo as the man he saw unloading the ice chest from the Land Rover and into the Ford Mustang.
Police said a check of records from the state revenue office revealed that William Moody has a Ford Mustang registered in his name.
Investigators checked the license plate number of the Land Rover, finding that the vehicle’s owner was Ed Moody. Police spoke with Ed Moody, who said he had been out of the country on vacation and his son John had been using the vehicle.
"Mr. Ed Moody also advised that his son had called him on [Aug. 6] in the morning hours and asked him about the jack and spare tire because he had a flat tire," Smith wrote.
Police obtained a search warrant and retrieved the Land Rover on Aug. 17. Crime scene specialists collected the broken pieces of the Land Rover’s passenger side blinker light casing, and state crime laboratory reports reveal the pieces matched the glass pieces recovered from the accident scene.
"These items were at one time joined," Smith wrote.
But the glass items were not the only pieces of evidence connecting the vehicle to the accident.
"Two layers of paint recovered from the victim’s backpack and the metal ring from the bicycle were microscopically and analytically similar to the known paint sample from the 1997 Land Rover," the affidavit continues.
After police impounded the vehicle, detectives received a call from Perroni, who told them that neither Ed Moody, nor his sons William or John would agree to be interviewed by investigators.
Police also subpoenaed cell phone records, revealing that on Aug. 6, John Patrick Moody placed a phone call to a cell phone used by his brother, William Lawson Moody.
The time of that call was 4:40 a.m., four minutes after the estimated time of the accident that killed Pratt.

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Here's an update on this:

Jason Pratt, the bicyclist.
John Patrick Moody has been charged and the case is in the Arkansas Fourth Division, Judge Langston.
There is a pretrial hearing on June 5 at 8:30 a.m. and the jury trial is scheduled for June 27 at 9:00 a.m.

...to be continued
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What doesn't encourage me is the fact that these jokers turn "chicken" and run after committing the crime somehow hoping that they won't be found; that their concious won't bother them; and, that it will be like nothing ever happened and they can get on with the pathetic life after crime.

What gives? Why is it that people think that by fleeing the crime they can escape the crime? Instead of considering that they just creamed another human being, instead, they immediately think of saving their own skin. Turn "chicken" and run.

Another case for employing a good mirror on your bike and referencing it constantly if you're cycling a busy thoroughfare.
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Thanks for posting this story Ron. Am always saddened to hear when a cyclist is hit by a car, its like a quiet rage insde me. Am so happy this guy was caught and hope he gets something equal to what he did. My sympathies to the family and friends of the fallen cyclist.

Sincerely,

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What really angers me is that the driver had the audacity to plead not guilty! He was dumping beer bottles because he'd been out all night drinking with his buddies!

He needs to be charged with vehicular homicide, intoxication manslaughter, or whatever they call it in Arkansas. He was drinking, he was driving, he killed someone, then he tried to cover it up! I highly doubt that are any extenuating circumstances. I hope he gets convicted!

I'm so jaded with the justice system, but he'll probably only get probation. At the very least, I hope they kick him out of law school! We don't need another snake lawyer running around. (disclaimer: I know there are good lawyers, but he's already shown himself to be a snake!)
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