Memorial service

A celebration of life for Marika Stone will be held for the public at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at Summit High School, according to her former employer, Mill Point Dental Center.

The driver accused of killing a popular Bend cyclist last month allegedly circled back after the crash and berated other cyclists who were riding with the victim, a prosecutor said during a hearing Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Members of the Bend cycling community crowded the courtroom, helmets in hand, for the latest hearing in a manslaughter case against Shantel Witt, 41, who is accused of crossing the centerline in her GMC pickup and striking 38-year-old Marika Stone on a two-lane stretch of Dodds Road east of Bend. Stone, a local dentist and mother of two, died at the scene.

Witt is accused of driving while impaired.

Deputy district attorney Kari Hathorn said after allegedly striking Stone, Witt drove off briefly before turning back. And back at the scene, she yelled at Stone’s two surviving companions, allegedly saying, ‘F-ing cyclists. You are always in the lane,’” Hathorn said.

Witt held her husband’s hand as she passed through the crowded courtroom to the defendant’s table.

She stands charged with manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The results of a pending blood test could yield additional evidence.

Judge A. Michael Adler denied a motion by the prosecution to increase Witt’s bond amount from $270,000 to $500,000. But he imposed all other requested conditions, including house arrest for Witt for the duration of the trial, GPS monitoring, a prohibition against driving and a requirement to wear an ankle monitor with an alcohol sensor.

She’s scheduled to be arraigned on indictment Feb. 6 after the case goes to a grand jury.

Stone’s father, Gregory Middag, briefly addressed the court Tuesday to argue for strict trial conditions for Witt.

“We ask the judge to keep the safety of the community in mind,” he said.

Witt was to begin her house arrest immediately following the hearing.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office’s narrative of her arrest, Witt was driving east on Dodds Road at 3:21 p.m. on Dec. 30 near the intersection with Obernolte Road. She had failed to negotiate a slight right curve, continuing straight and striking Stone, who was the third cyclist in a line of three heading west.

A search warrant affidavit describes how Witt failed three field sobriety tests and admitted to taking painkillers and muscle relaxers. In her vehicle, officers found empty beer cans, prescription drugs and a 9mm pistol.

Hathorn cited Witt’s alleged actions in the moments immediately following the collision in arguing for a higher bail amount.

“She is a danger to the community because of her lack of remorse,” Hathorn said.

Additionally, Hathorn said the district attorney’s office received a call from someone who knows Witt reporting concern for her mental state.

Stone practiced at Bend’s Mill Point Dental Center. She is survived by two children, 5 and 7, her parents and an identical twin sister. A native Alaskan, she was valedictorian of her Ketchikan High School class. She later graduated with honors from Willamette University, as well as the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, according to an online bio.

Outside the hearing, friends of Marika Stone hugged and talked quietly.

Ryan Levering was sitting in Stone’s dentist chair when they first met.

“I sat down and immediately, when she walked in, I thought, ‘I want to be friends with her,’” she said. “She was just unbelievably tough, physically and mentally, and unbelievably intelligent.”

Friend and fellow cyclist Kristi Cutter, of Bend, said, “Losing her doesn’t just affect this community; it’s far-reaching.”

Many cyclists at the hearing are members of the Sunnyside Sports Race Team, of which Stone was a member.

Peter Werner, an official with Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, said Stone was one of a dozen or so elite female cyclists in Central Oregon.

Witt and her husband own a house in Bend. They’ve lived here for 34 years. She doesn’t currently work, her attorney, Bryan Donahue, told the judge.

She was arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence of intoxicants. She successfully completed diversion treatment to have the case dismissed.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325,