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Siegfried Meyer, the founder of Salt Lake City's Siegfried's Deli, died Thursday from injuries suffered in a Tuesday traffic accident.

Meyer, 69, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on 2100 South near 600 West at about 12:25 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of a car turned left in front of him, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

Meyer, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown by the collision and suffered severe head injuries, Royce said.

He died Thursday morning at a hospital.

Immediately after the collision, the driver of the car — a 21-year-old man — exited his vehicle and tried to hide marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia in some bushes, Royce said.

Royce said the man was arrested on suspicion of drug use and impaired driving, but could now face automobile homicide charges.

Meyer sold Siegfried's Deli, located at 20 W. 200 South, to a long-time employee, Daiva Stankyavichyus, about 11 years ago, a deli employee told The Tribune.

But Meyer remained in charge of the sausage and meats for Siegfried's, and he also catered for Snowbird's annual Oktoberfest and other events, the employee said.

Camille Anderson Winnie, director for community services for the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance, said Meyer was a personal friend.

"He was just loved by everybody," Winnie said. "He was such a giving, loving, kind person — everybody just loved him. It's a real loss."