GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO: A Northeast Ohio man has been acquitted of charges stemming from a September crash that left two bicyclists dead and three others injured.

A defense attorney says the Garfield Heights jury reached its verdict around 5 p.m. Thursday in the trial of Timothy Wolf.

Wolf had been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count of willful or wanton disregard of public safety in the Sept. 17 crash.

A group of bicyclists were hit by a pickup truck driven by Wolf in Brecksville, about 13 miles south of Cleveland.

Matthew Billings, 33, of North Canton, died at the scene. Jim Lambert, 52, of Cuyahoga Falls died from his injuries more than a week later.

The defense had said the crash was a “freak accident.”