SALT LAKE CITY — A 56-year-old man on a bicycle was critically injured when he was hit by a person who may have been driving under the influence in Salt Lake City early Thursday, police said.
The bicyclist was riding westbound in the bike lane when a southbound Ford Bronco hit him at the intersection of 1700 South and 900 West around 1:30 a.m., according to Salt Lake police Lt. Dave Cracroft.
The bicyclist was taken to a hospital in serious condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, but later was downgraded to critical condition with life-threatening injuries, Cracroft said.
The driver of the Bronco fled the scene but officers stopped him about a block down the road. His name was not immediately released. A passenger in the car was also arrested.
Police booked Jason Kaze, 44, into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, investigation of a hit and run and other related traffic offenses. The passenger, Shawn Coller, 43, was booked for investigation of obstruction of justice.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Contributing: Linda Williams and Tracie Snowder
Editor's note: The story has been updated to correct the bicyclist's age from 53 to 56 based on updated information given by police.