Bicyclist collides with police motorcycle on Kearns Boulevard
A Park City Police Department captain riding an agency motorcycle and a bicyclist collided on Kearns Boulevard Monday afternoon, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
The accident was reported at 1:27 p.m. as the road passes Holiday Village. Jeff Daems, a corporal in the Highway Patrol who responded to the scene, said the police captain was riding the motorcycle eastbound in the left lane while the bicyclist was headed eastbound in the center turn lane.
The bicyclist turned across the eastbound lanes to reach the right hand side of the road, causing the collision with the motorcycle, Daems said. The corporal said the bicyclist was looking down at his shoe as he attempted to clip the shoe into the pedal at the time of the collision. The bicyclist did not see the motorcyclist, Daems said.
The motorcyclist swerved to avoid the rider as the bicyclist turned across the lanes, he said. The motorcyclist was driving at between 5 mph and 10 mph when the collision occurred, Daems said, noting that the motorcyclist was applying the brakes at the time.
The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked over, Daems said. He complained of back spasms afterward and was taken to a medical clinic in an ambulance, he said. The motorcyclist was not injured.
The investigation is continuing.
The bicyclist is 59 years old and from Park City. Phil Kirk, the captain who oversees the Police Department’s patrol division, was the motorcyclist.
The Park City Fire District responded with an engine and an ambulance. The bicycle was seen on its side on a patch of nearby grass. The accident did not appear to cause significant traffic disruptions.
Kearns Boulevard is part of the state highway system. It is also known as S.R. 248. The Utah Highway Patrol responded to the accident since it occurred on a state highway. The Police Department would have requested another agency investigate anyway since the accident involved someone from the department.
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