Vespa driver hit by SUV after running red light

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SAN DIEGO — A 35-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury when he ran a red light on his scooter and rode into the path of a turning SUV in the Morena neighborhood, police said Thursday.

The rider of a southbound Vespa scooter was splitting lanes as he approached the intersection of Morena Boulevard and Napa Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and failed to stop as the light turned red, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

The scooter struck the front of a SUV that had been stopped in the northbound left turn lane, but had begun to make a legal U-turn as the light turned green, Heims said.

The rider suffered an open fracture to his right femur, but the 48-year- old man behind the wheel of the SUV and his passengers were not hurt, according to the officer. Neither motorist was suspected of drunken driving, he said.

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