SALT LAKE CITY — A bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday, leaving police searching for answers about the driver who may have hit the man.

Salt Lake City Police Lt. Josh Scharman said officers received reports of a cyclist down in the road near the intersection of California Avenue and Fortune Road about 6:30 p.m. and arrived to find a man in critical condition.

The man was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name was not released Thursday night.

Witnesses told officers a newer-model white van was seen leaving the area, but police aren't sure whether the vehicle was involved in the accident. Witnesses told police they heard sounds of braking and a possible impact but didn't see the collision.

Westbound traffic on California Avenue was restricted to one lane for several hours after the accident while police investigated the scene.

— McKenzie Romero, Twitter: @McKenzieRomero