Motorcyclist injured in Homeland traffic collision
HOMELAND – A motorcyclist sustained traumatic injuries in an early morning major vehicle versus motorcycle traffic collision, when the driver of a pickup truck made a left hand turn directly in front of the rider, Saturday, May 7, according to law enforcement officials. The collision was reported to Riverside County and California Highway Patrol emergency communications dispatchers at about 4:40 a.m.
The accident occurred on Highway 74 west of Juniper Flats Road in the unincorporated community of Homeland.
Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to a local area hospital with unspecified injuries.
Cal Fire/Riverside County Firefighters and other emergency first responders rushed to the scene of the reported traffic collision. The first on-scene emergency personnel reportedly arrived within minutes of the initially dispatched call.
Firefighters and other emergency first responders quickly located a downed motorcycle and rider laying in the westbound lanes. Witnesses on scene, who were providing aid and comfort to the downed rider, reported that he was alert and talking with paramedics.
One motorist, who saw the violent collision, told investigating officers they saw a red Ford F150 being driven eastbound on Hwy 74 when the driver of the pickup truck suddenly turned into a driveway to a dirt-lot on the north side of the street. The motorcyclist was not able to stop in time and struck the truck broadside, causing major damage to the motorcycle and minor damage to the Ford F150.
Although the driver of the truck made a legal left turn, he turned directly into the path of the oncoming westbound motorcycle.
Frie personnel and paramedics treated the downed motorcyclist at the scene of the accident, before paramedics transported the injured rider to a local area hospital. His medical condition following the accident was unknown.
CHP officers are conducting an investigation into this accident.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact officers from the California Highway Patrol San Gorgonio Station at (951) 769-2000.