published Sunday, March 18th, 2012

DeKalb, Ala., man indicted in death of charity bicyclist Christina Genco

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted a man on charges of negligent homicide in the death of a cyclist last year.

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    The paint-splattered arms of Christina Genco shows the results of her work as she joins a group of volunteer bicyclists participating in the 4,000-mile Bike & Build program in Athens, Ga., in this June 3 photo. Genco was on her bicycle in Rainsville, Ala., on June 6 when she was hit from behind and killed while enroute to a build project in Decatur, Ala., according to the Rainsville Polce Department. (FIle Photo)

WAAY-TV reports that 44-year-old Craig Chandler was driving an SUV when he struck and killed 22-year-old Christina Brooke Genco as she rode along a highway near Rainsville in June 2011. Genco was part of a group of cyclists participating in an 81-day bike ride to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Marshall County prosecutors are handling the case because Chandler formerly worked for the DeKalb County sheriff's office and the county 911 center. He was indicted late last week.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $6,000 fine.

Chandler did not immediately return a call for comment Sunday. He is free on bond.

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