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Two juveniles seriously injured in electric motorcycle collision in Temecula

Two juveniles were hospitalized with major injuries after the electric motorcycle they were riding collided with a vehicle on Wednesday evening, officials announced.

Cal Fire firefighters and deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Station responded to the collision around 8 p.m. near North General Kearny Road and Nicolas Road in the City of Temecula.

The preliminary investigation revealed a Sur-Ron electric motorcycle with two juveniles on board was traveling on North General Kearny Road and collided with a sedan traveling on Nicolas Road. The impact ejected the juveniles from the motorcycle, resulting in serious injuries.

“The motorcycle involved in this collision lacked basic safety equipment needed for roadway use,” the sheriff’s department said. The driver of the Honda was not injured.

The identities of the parties involved were not released pending further investigation.

This incident prompted officials to issue a reminder to parents that an “e-bike” without pedals and a motor over 750 watts is an electrical motorcycle and cannot be legally operated by unlicensed youth on public thoroughfares.

The legal requirements to operate an electric motorcycle safely and legally on the roadway require a valid motorcycle license issued by the DMV, a DOT-certified motorcycle helmet, a valid registration on the motorcycle, and minimum liability motorcycle insurance.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, 36% of motorcycle fatalities involve an unlicensed rider and 41% of motorcycle fatalities are not wearing a helmet.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Deputy Ott of the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at 951–696–3000, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951–776–1099.

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