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Driver who hit bicyclist likely won't be cited

By Haley Smith | Posted - Apr 30th, 2013 @ 7:30am


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SALT LAKE CITY — The woman driving a car that hit and critically injured a bicyclist in Salt Lake City likely will not be cited.

The cyclist was rushed to the hospital in critical condition Monday night and is believed to still not be doing well Tuesday morning.

Salt Lake City police said the man in his mid-50s, wearing dark colored clothing, tried to cross against traffic at 500 West and 500 South Monday night when a car hit him around 9 p.m. It happened near the on-ramp, so cars were traveling fast to get on the freeway.

Police said it appears the woman driving the car that hit him tried to avoid the cyclist, but by the time she noticed him it was too late.

Lt. Carl Merino of the Salt Lake City Police Department said, "Traffic was going westbound on a green light when a bicyclist tried to beat the traffic. The end car didn't see him."

The extent of his injuries was still unknown Tuesday morning.

"He's not doing well at this point," Merino said Monday night. "He's being worked on at the hospital and is not in good condition."

The driver remained on scene throughout the evening and is cooperating with investigators. Currently they don't plan to cite her because it appears there was nothing she could do.

"She tried to avoid him but circumstances put him right in front of her," Merino explained.

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