Cyclist dies after being run over by semi

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A man riding a bicycle westbound on 2100 South near 600 West was run over by a semitrailer Friday morning. The man, Norman Kerry Bryner, later died from his injuries.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower says the truck driver had just exited I-15 southbound around 6:30 a.m. and stopped at the traffic light at 2100 South. The driver didn't see any oncoming traffic so he made a right-hand turn and drove right over the bicycle rider who was passing.

"He didn't realize the bicyclist was there. He said he felt like a bump or a crunch," says Mower. "He actually dragged the bicyclist about 132 feet."

A witness saw what was happening and called police.

Bryner was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition and later died.

The Associated Press says a report from troopers at the scene says they could find no reflective materials on either Bryner's bike or clothing.

They say it was dark at the time of the crash and that the area has limited lighting.

The truck driver will be tested to see if he had any drugs or alcohol in his system, but it didn't appear any of those substances played a factor, according to police.

UHP has turned its accident report over to Salt Lake County prosecutors to screen for possible charges.

Meanwhile, an account has been set up for Bryner's family to help cover funeral expenses. If you would like to donate*, you can do so at any Zions Bank branch under the Norman Bryner Sr. Donation Account.



* has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.


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