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SAN DIEGO – A 53-year-old bicyclist suffered major injuries Tuesday when he was struck by a car on state Route 163 in the Kearny Mesa area, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Dispatchers received reports shortly before 5:15 a.m. of a man lying in traffic lanes on the southbound 163 near state Route 52, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.

The cyclist, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

He was struck by a Toyota Camry driven by a 63-year-old woman who was traveling around 60 mph, transitioning from westbound SR 52 to southbound SR 163, when she saw the vehicle in front of her swerve to the right, then spotted the bicyclist but was unable to avoid hitting him, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.

The man, who was riding in traffic lanes, was ejected onto the roadway, he said.

CHP officers closed southbound SR 163 south of SR 52 for about an hour and a half, along with the eastbound and westbound transition roads from SR 52 to SR 163, for the crash investigation, Sanchez said.