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SUV driver charged with homicide

Three weeks after two cyclists died in a collision with an sport utility vehicle in Lancaster County, the driver of the SUV has been charged with reckless homicide.

Sharon Snipes King, 35, of Greensboro, N.C., was charged with two counts of reckless homicide Thursday. She was released on a $10,000 bond Thursday afternoon after turning herself in.

The State Highway Patrol says King was driving a Chrysler SUV when it collided with Lee Anne Barry, 43, of Waxhaw, N.C., and Thomas Hoskins, 49, of Columbia on Oct. 21 in northern Lancaster County.

Hoskins died at the scene. Barry died that evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The charges have a combined 20-year maximum sentence, Lancaster County solicitor Doug Barfield said. He would not elaborate on the charges.

"There's very little I can tell you," he said.

Barry and Hoskins were riding on a cross-country tour to raise money for brain injury awareness when they died.

Barry was put in a coma after she was hit by a car when she was 5 and struggled through most of her life to cope with the debilitating effects of the coma, according to her Web site.

To educate people, Barry toured the country on her bicycle.

Hoskins and Barry were at the tail end of a trip that had started in Montana and was supposed to end in Charlotte. They were less than 20 miles from their end point when they were hit at Steel Hill Road and U.S. 521.

When the collision happened, Hoskins and Barry were going north at a spot where the road bends west slightly and goes over a small hill.

Barfield had been interviewing people for the past few weeks trying to determine what, if any, charges should be brought against King.

A background check on King revealed no criminal record in North Carolina. King stayed at the scene after the accident.

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