Bicyclist struck by SUV on Hwy 1 in Morro Bay

An elderly Los Osos man was seriously injured Thursday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while riding a bicycle on Highway 1.

Seventy-two-year-old John Weidner was in critical condition at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, a hospital official said.

Weidner was attempting to turn left shortly before 9 a.m. at Morro Bay Boulevard from northbound Highway 1, according to California Highway Patrol officials. He was riding on the right side of the off ramp with a group of cyclists and was wearing a helmet.

As Weidner outstretched his left arm to turn left across the off ramp he was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by Greg Wood who was exiting the highway, CHP officials said.

Wood, 59, also of Los Osos, made a last-minute decision to exit the highway and moved from the fast lane to the exit, CHP officials said.

Wood was not injured.

The cause of the collision is under investigation, CHP officials said.

- Leslie Parrilla