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Cyclist critical after being hit in Emigration Canyon

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Nov 13th, 2013 @ 7:22pm


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EMIGRATION CANYON — A 35-year-old bicyclist was in critical condition after he was hit by a teen driver Wednesday morning.

The Cottonwood Heights man, whose name was not immediately released, was biking about 8 a.m. three miles up Emigration Canyon near 4200 East when a 17-year-old girl was driving down.

"She veered over into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason, strikes the bicyclist," said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

Police do not suspect speed or impairment were factors. "We really don't know yet what caused her to veer over. That's one of the things we're looking at," Hoyal said.

This is the second serious car-bicycle accident in Salt Lake County's canyons in three weeks. On Oct. 24, 3rd District Judge Anthony B. Quinn, 60, was killed while riding his bike up Millcreek Canyon when he was hit head-on by a 78-year-old driver who allegedly became distracted by looking at fall colors and drove into oncoming traffic.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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