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Manslaughter charge in NAU student cyclist death

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Kelsey Lou Cody

Flagstaff police officials say they have arrested Kelsey Lou Cody, 22, of Flagstaff on charges of manslaughter and fleeing the scene of an injury or fatality accident. Courtesy photo

A 22-year-old suspected drunk driver who allegedly killed a 21-year-old NAU student riding her bicycle Sunday night has been formally charged with manslaughter.

According to a complaint filed Tuesday afternoon in Flagstaff Justice Court, Kelsey Lou Cody has been accused of manslaughter and failing to stop at an accident involving death.

Both crimes are class 2 dangerous felonies and each could carry between 7 and 21 years in prison if she is convicted.

Prosecutors allege Cody recklessly caused the death of Jordan Mahoney, an English and psychology double major who was set to graduate in the spring.

Witnesses said they saw Cody speeding down Walapai Drive at about 11 p.m. Sunday toward the intersection of Mohawk Drive. Neighbors said they heard the truck engine accelerating hard and then listened as the brakes screeched and the vehicle collided with Mahoney on her bike.

By the time witnesses left their homes, the driver of the truck had fled the area.

Police said they eventually determined Cody was the suspected driver.

The complaint also now charges Cody with driving under the influence of alcohol, which police officials had previously said they thought was a factor.

She has pleaded innocent to the charges.

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or ebetz@azdailysun.com.

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