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Two bicyclists hurt in crashes with vehicles

Published May 19, 2009 7:55 pm

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One bicyclist is in critical condition and another is recovering after separate auto-bicycle accidents in Salt Lake City.

The first happened around 7 a.m., when a 51-year-old cyclist ran into a car and suffered severe head trauma.

A woman was driving east along 400 South when she went through a green light at the 200 East intersection. Meanwhile, the bicyclist was pedaling south through a red light along 200 East through the same intersection, said Salt Lake City Police spokeswoman Sgt. Robin Snyder.

The man ran into the woman's car, striking her driver's side, Snyder said. The man hit his head and was not wearing a helmet.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police have not yet released his name.

Snyder said it appeared the bicyclist was at fault, and police have not issued any citations.

About 30 minutes later, the second bicyclist was struck by a vehicle on 100 South and 1000 East.

The bicyclist was westbound on 100 South when an eastbound vehicle turned left in front of the bicyclist. The cyclist ran into the vehicle and was taken to the hospital. Snyder said he was walking around.

Snyder said the driver might have been temporarily blinded by the sun.

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