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Marshall Neely, the University School of Nashville administrator accused of hitting a cyclist on Natchez Trace Parkway, had his arraignment waived after hiring an attorney on retainer.

Neely, who was caught on video hitting cyclist Tyler Noe on July 10, was set to appear in Williamson County court Thursday before hiring attorney Jodie Bell to be his defense, according to the court.

The video, captured by Noe’s cycling partner Greg Goodman, created backlash from cyclists. While Neely did not appear in court, around two dozen cyclists and people in helmets sat in front of the court house prior to his scheduled arraignment.

The University School of Nashville put Neely on a leave of absence. He faces charges of felony reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to immediately notify of an accident and failure to render aid.

After being arrested and taken to Williamson County Jail, Neely posted his $11,500 bond on Sunday. Neely will appear in court Sept. 20.