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3 killed, jogger hurt in separate accidents

Three men were killed and a jogger was seriously injured in separate vehicle and bicycle accidents on Utah's roadways.

Phillip James Nielsen, 31, of West Jordan, died early Thursday in an accident involving a sport utility vehicle and a semi truck.

About 4:40 a.m., the SUV was traveling east on 9000 South when it ran a red light at the intersection with Bangerter Highway, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Drew Sanders.

The SUV was broadsided by a southbound truck. Nielsen was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the semi suffered only minor injuries.

A 22-year-old Park City man died Wednesday night after falling from his bicycle.

The man was riding home with his roommate around 10 p.m. after a dinner on Main Street when he "collided with the roadway after falling from the bicycle," said Park City Police Capt. Phil Kirk.

The two riders were traveling downhill on Deer Valley Drive near Aerie Drive when the man's roommate rode ahead of his friend, preventing him from seeing what happened in the accident.

Kirk said the man was not wearing a helmet. When police arrived on the scene, the man was unconscious in the roadway with "severe injuries," he said. The victim was taken to University Hospital, where he later died.

Police were waiting on identifying the man until they could notify his family, who live out of state.

Chase Dye, 24, of Aurora, Colo., died in a car accident Tuesday after the vehicle he was riding in drifted away from the roadway near Hanksville, Wayne County, and rolled.

Dye was riding in a vehicle heading west on state Route 24, said Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden. Roden said the driver of the vehicle drifted off the road, causing the vehicle to roll.

Officials said the driver was in critical but stable condition at the scene and was taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.

Dye "sustained fatal head injuries" and was declared dead at the scene, Roden said.

The UHP believes the accident was a result of driver fatigue combined with speed. Both men had been wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

A 34-year-old jogger was in serious but stable condition after being hit by a car in Farmington Thursday.

The woman was jogging along the sidewalk near Farmington Junior High School about 7:45 a.m. when she went into the street, apparently to avoid a sprinkler, said Farmington police officer Dave Quinley.

The woman suffered head injuries but was coherent and able to speak with medical personnel, Quinley said.

"The jogger doesn't recall exactly what happened. She can remember running on the sidewalk, and that's all she remembers," he said.

Quinley said as a personal preference, he runs against traffic if he is exercising.

"If you're going with traffic, you can't see what's coming up from behind you," he said. "It's easier to jump out of the way than handle a vehicle that's 4,000 pounds."

The woman was wearing headphones connected to an iPod at the time of the accident, Quinley said.

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