Temecula police officials are working to learn the identity of a woman who was struck while riding a bicycle near the Redhawk waterfall today.
An officer at the scene estimated that the woman is 18 to 20 years old and was riding her bike on Redhawk Parkway when she was struck by a Mercedes van or tour bus.
Witnesses at the scene corroborate the driver’s claim that the light was green when he was driving forward and that the woman was in the bike lane.
“Somehow, the bus and the bicyclist made contact,” said Temecula Police Sgt. John Magnan, adding that details and information about the collision are still being gathered.
According to Magnan, the woman was thrown from the bike and suffered major head trauma.
She was transported to a local hospital where she is currently undergoing surgery.
Sgt. Magnan said he was not aware of whether or not the woman was wearing a helmet, but cautioned residents to always wear one when riding a bicycle.
“Incidents such as this, when you get thrown from a bike and your head hits the ground, you need something to cushion your head,” Magnan said.
Magnan added: “There is nothing to indicate alcohol or drugs played a factor.”
Motorists can expect road closures on Redhawk Parkway near the scene of the collision as officials continue to their investigation