LEWISTON — A Bethel man charged with leaving the scene after his vehicle struck a bicyclist Friday in Bethel had his bail lowered in 8th District Court on Monday afternoon.

A judge reduced bail for Richard Allen Marin, 45, from $10,000 cash to $2,000 cash. A corrections officer at the Oxford County Jail in Paris said Monday night that Marin posted bail about 5 p.m. and was released.

Marin was arrested Sunday on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, Oxford County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Whitney said.

The collision occurred at about 2 p.m. Friday on Church Street and left a 14-year-old boy from Goffstown, N.H., with critical injuries, officials said. The boy, whose name has not been released, was flown to a hospital.

Whitney said Saturday afternoon that the bicyclist came onto Church Street in front of the car.

Police are reconstructing the accident to determine if Marin had time to swerve and avoid hitting the boy.

Sheriff’s deputies located the car late Saturday in Bethel. An interview with the registered owner led police to Marin, who was arrested at his home early Sunday morning and taken to the Oxford County Jail.

Police impounded the car.

At Marin’s appearance via videoconference Monday, the District Attorney’s Office made a written recommendation that he be released on personal recognizance. The judge, however, set bail at $2,000 cash or $10,000 in property.

Prosecutors did not attend the bail hearing in person.

Marin’s case will be presented to a grand jury. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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