SANDY — A 35-year-old bicyclist suffered minor injuries Thursday morning after crashing into a vehicle that police say turned right in front of him.
The driver partially blamed heavy construction around the area of 10600 South and 1300 East for the accident.
Just before 7 a.m., a vehicle was making a left turn off 10600 South to an alley off 1300 East that leads to a gas station and a fast-food restaurant. The driver turned in front of an oncoming bicyclist, who had a flashing light on his bike, said Sandy Police Sgt. Troy Arnold.
The cyclist hit the car and was tossed over the hood. The driver stopped the vehicle, but only because he thought he hit a pot hole. After the driver got out of the vehicle, he discovered a cyclist was injured, Arnold said.
The driver told police he was so concerned about the narrow lanes and construction on 10600 South and 1300 East, that he didn't concentrate enough on pedestrian traffic.
"It's a classic example of people only focused on cars driving down the street," Arnold said. "It's a perfect example of a bicycle obeying the law, doing everything he could to be visible, but people only tend to focus on cars."
The bicyclist was transported to an area hospital mostly as a precaution. The driver was cited for failure to yield.
Sandy residents and businesses have been frustrated with numerous road projects happening throughout the city, creating long delays each day for commuters each day. Sandy has nine road construction projects listed on its website. All are under way or soon to be. The three big ones are 700 East, 1300 East and 11400 South.
— Pat Reavy