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Bicyclist killed in crash with truck in Summit County identified

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Jul 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 22:25:39-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A Provo man riding an e-bike in Summit County died Thursday afternoon after swerving into oncoming traffic and colliding with a truck.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said that that 3:16 p.m., a caller reported a black GMC Sierra vehicle hit a man on a bicycle on Old Highway 40 near Forestdale Road.

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Deputies later learned from witnesses that the 21-year-old was riding an electric-assist bicycle traveling south when, for unknown reasons, he swerved into the travel lanes and crossed into oncoming traffic.

A 44-year-old man driving his truck northbound in the area was unable to avoid hitting the man on the bike, the sheriff's office said.

Although the cyclist was wearing a helmet, he died from his injuries after being flown by helicopter to the hospital.

On Friday, the sheriff's office identified the victim as Hunter Thorstenson.

"We grieve with the Thorstenson family and friends," officials wrote in the update. "Hug your family members often and tell them you love them."