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Bicyclist suffers major leg injuries in Centerville collision

CENTERVILLE — A bicyclist was seriously injured in a collision with an SUV Thursday in Centerville, police said.

About 3:20 p.m., the 69-year-old man was turning left from 400 West to go east on Parrish Lane when he was hit by a Toyota RAV4 traveling north through the intersection, said Centerville Police Lt. Von Steenblik.

The bicyclist went up onto the hood of the vehicle and suffered major injuries to one of his legs, including an "obviously broken" femur, dislocated knee and injured hip, according to Steenblik. The man's helmet, which was damaged in the impact, likely spared him from more severe injuries, he said.

The man was conscious and talking just before he was transported to the trauma center at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. He was in serious condition but is expected to survive.

The initial investigation into the crash indicated that the male driver of the RAV4 had the right of the way, Steenblik said. The driver was not injured.

The incident marked the third serious auto-pedestrian or auto-bike crash along the Wasatch Front in three days. Ardell Perry Drisdom, a 13-year-old student at Copper Mountain Middle School, died after being hit Tuesday on Main Street in Herriman. Another 13-year-old boy was seriously injured when police say he unexpectedly ran into the road Thursday afternoon near 1779 E. 3300 South in East Millcreek.