SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, May 8, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A 72-year-old Salt Lake County woman riding a bicycle was struck and killed Friday by a pickup truck pulling a double-axel trailer, and turning to pull into a driveway.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office shared the news Saturday on Facebook, saying the woman was riding on W. Hoytsville Road, in Summit County when she was struck by the pickup, driven by a 67-year-old Summit County man.
“Unfortunately, the 72-year-old Salt Lake County woman died from her injuries at the scene of the accident,” the Sheriff’s Department statement says.
“The man driving the truck told deputies he was turning into the driveway of a residence on West Hoytsville Road. The man said he looked for oncoming traffic, then began to turn into the driveway. The woman and her husband were traveling (north) on separate bicycles in opposite direction of the truck when the woman was hit.
“The woman’s husband was traveling several feet behind. He crashed on his bicycle after he avoided being hit by the truck. The man received minor injuries. Both cyclists were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.”
The driver estimated he was traveling at a low speed when he hit the cyclist, the statement says. The woman’s husband estimated they were traveling on their bicycles between 20 and 30mph.
The driver of the truck was issued a citation for failing to yield. Impairment of the driver is not suspected at this time, the statement says.
“The Summit County Sheriff’s Office offers our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the decedent. The name of the female will not be released until family members and friends have received proper notification of her passing.”
The SCSO also asks that, as the weather continues to get warmer, motorists pay extra attention and watch for cyclists and motorcycles.