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Eric Betts, Deseret News
Officials investigate at the scene of an accident with a bicycle and a car in Emigration Canyon Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

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 was biking 3 miles up Emigration Canyon near 4200 East about 8 a.m. when a 17-year-old girl was driving down the canyon.

"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.

The man's name was not immediately released, but Hoyal said the cyclist's condition was starting to improve Wednesday night and his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

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.

— Pat Reavy