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A 79-year-old bicyclist suffered severe injuries Tuesday when a vehicle struck him at a San Marcos intersection, authorities reported.

The collision took place at Via Vera Cruz and West San Marcos Boulevard at about 9:15 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Paramedics took the bicyclist to a hospital for treatment of potentially life-threatening head and leg injuries, Sgt. Charles Morreale said.

The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old man, was unhurt.

The cause of the accident remained under investigation in the early afternoon, though intoxication was not believed to have played a role, the lieutenant said.

The accident forced the closure of traffic lanes in the area for about two hours.

Updated at 3:22 p.m. September 20, 2022

— City News Service