KAYSVILLE — Alcohol is believed to be a factor in an accident involving a bicyclist and an automobile early Friday morning.
But it wasn’t the driver of the Saturn who is suspected of being impaired, but rather the 37-year-old Kaysville man on the bicycle, said Utah Highway Patrol troopers.
Aaron W. Johnson was riding a bicycle in the middle of the southbound left lane of Highway 89 near Crestwood Drive in Kaysville, at 1 a.m. Friday, when a driver of a Saturn, who was traveling at 55 mph, was unable to avoid a collision due to the dark conditions.
The Saturn hit the bicyclist, who suffered severe trauma to his lower legs and arm, as well as a head wound.
Johnson was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in critical condition.
Troopers said Johnson had several containers of alcohol in his possession.
The driver of the Saturn, an 18-year-old Fruit Heights man, was traumatized. Troopers said he was not impaired or using alcohol.
Highway 89 was shut down for about 2 1/2 hours while the accident was investigated.
The accident is still under investigation.