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SALT LAKE CITY — A man suffered serious head injuries Wednesday after being hit by a car while in a downtown crosswalk.

Salt Lake police say a driver turning left from 600 South onto 200 West hit the 34-year-old man in the crosswalk.

The pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition with possible broken bones and a head injury.

"There's no indication speed was a factor. It's hard to be visible early in the morning when you're wearing dark clothes. And drivers need to clear the crosswalk before turning," said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Josh Ashdown.

Police say drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved. They are, however, reminding drivers of the particular dangers of driving in the morning before the sun is out.

"That can be one of the most dangerous times of day to drive," said Sgt. Joe Cyr." Not only because of the poor light conditions, but because of heavy traffic. In some places, there's still snow and ice on the road, so drivers really have to slow down, pay special attention and watch out."


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