Bicyclist badly injured in collision with pickup truck on Royal Street |

Bicyclist badly injured in collision with pickup truck on Royal Street

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department is investigating an accident involving a bicyclist and a driver on Royal Street earlier in June.

The police said the bicyclist was riding downhill when a driver in a 2003 Ford pickup truck heading uphill turned left from Royal Street onto Woodland View Drive in front of the rider.

The driver is a 29-year-old man from Kamas. The police said the truck is a company vehicle.

The police said traffic-related charges will be forwarded to City Hall prosecutors for screening.

The rider is a 56-year-old Salt Lake City man, RJ Guiney. In an interview, Guiney said he lost consciousness after the accident. He said he suffered a broken neck and a total of eight fractures in his spine. An ambulance took him to Park City Medical Center and he was then transferred by ambulance to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Guiney said he underwent surgery.

"I want to see more awareness of this," Guiney said about drivers looking out for the safety of bicyclists.

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The accident occurred midmorning on June 10.

Guiney lived in Park City for 23 years ending in 2010 and plans to move to the Snyderville Basin this summer.

The bicycle, a Zurich model from the Greg LeMond line, is valued at $2,500, Guiney said. The bicycle suffered extensive damage, he said.