Woman suffers major injuries in Temecula when bicycle collides with van

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

At around 12:30 p.m. on April 27th, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to the intersection of Red Hawk Parkway and Overland Trail in Temecula regarding a reported traffic collision involving a bicyclist and a motor vehicle.

Upon the officers’ arrival, along with other rescue personnel, they discovered a female in the roadway near a bicycle on Red Hawk Parkway.  Rescue personnel treated the victim and immediately transported her to a local hospital with major injuries.

Further investigation revealed the female was riding her bicycle southbound on Red Hawk Parkway next to a large van which was traveling in the number two lane of southbound Red Hawk Parkway.  As the vehicle entered the intersection, the bicycle turned into the van causing the rider to be thrown from the bicycle.

Several witnesses stayed at the scene and assisted in the investigation.  The driver, a 70-year-old resident of Temecula, remained at the scene and was interviewed by investigating officers.

At this time of the investigation, no alcohol, drugs or other impairment is suspected and the investigation is continuing.  The road was closed for approximately five hours while members of the Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team conducted their investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Division at 951-696-3000.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

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