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UPDATE: Teen on Bike Struck by Vehicle, Injured, in Temecula

Lionel McGee, 18, was listed in stable condition after suffering major head injuries when struck by a vehicle on Rancho California Road, at Margarita Road Thursday evening.

Eds Note: This story was updated at 1:11 p.m. Sept. 7, 2012, to include quotes from a witness at the scene of the major-injury crash Thursday evening.


A Temecula teen riding against traffic on Rancho California Road Thursday evening was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured, authorities said.

Lionel McGee was listed in stable condition with major head injuries when struck by a vehicle on Rancho California Road, at Margarita Road shortly after 9 p.m., according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Geoff Green.

The sergeant said that McGee, 18, rode in front of a vehicle making a left turn onto Margarita Road, from Rancho California.

"Last night a teen ... was riding across the street on his bike when he was struck by a car," resident Dustin Vangeison wrote to Patch in an email.

"I didn't see it happen; however I jumped out of the car and started doing first aid.

"Another man pulled up in his car and as it turns out he was EMS. When I got out it was 9:10 p.m. and there were only a few people around. The accident must have happened only minutes before," Vangeison wrote.

McGee suffered serious head injuries, the sergeant said.

S Smith September 07, 2012 at 09:26 PM
My two Sons saw the aftermath of the accident on the way home from their cousins house Last night and came home to tell me about it. Rancho CA is one of the streets out here that people feel the need to fly on! Have seen kids and adults on bikes cut traffic as well. Terrible accident for everyone concerned. Hope the young man will pull through, SLOW DOWN FOLKS and watch for bikes and pedestrians especially now that school is back in session!
Brenda September 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Please Lord wrap this young man in your healing arms and give his injured body the strength to heal. God Bless this young man and his family and friends through this ordeal. It happens far too often here as we all know. S. Smith its terrible on all our major roads with speeding, wreckless driving, and true bikes and skateboarders also. 2nd it Please SLOW DOWN, do not text, talk on phone or be rocking out to music with headphones on. One or both can to be at fault, and living right near Margarita and Winchester we see it all the time. Could not tell you how many times we have seen a kid or person walking has been bumped by a car not looking both ways, and they all say ok I am alright, and do not exchange any info. Most kids do not think about it and without a parent there that driver of that car is kissing the ground and saying hallalulla, and gets out of there literally. But an hour later that child may be dead from a brain bleed, you just do not know, and without his parents ever knowing. If I bumped a kid I would make sure I called a parent to pick him up and make sure he was ok, law suit or not. Also during school watch for the kids that push other kids out into the street! Just seriously drive slow around them.
Lisa September 08, 2012 at 04:09 AM
The speed limit is 50 on Rancho Cal isn't it. I drive it daily and people do fly.
KME September 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
If the driver was turning left on Margarita from Rancho Cal then the biker was a surprise. At that signal when turning left there is not supposed to be any pedestrian traffic. That along with it being 9 pm is probably how the driver didn't see anything until it was to late. I hope he pulls through.
Brenda September 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Not sure I understand how it happened. Driver turning left on Margarita off of Rancho Cal, bike rider coming to direction of Driver, I guess not obeying a traffic light? Driver did not expect anyone or a bike coming at him if he had the green and bike came at him in surprise and in the dark? Still trying to figure out if the bike would have had a green or a red light if the car was making a left on Rancho. If the bike had the green he would have had right away before the car turning left correct? I also just worry that he is going to make it, and praying he pulls through. Way too many deaths in cars, skateboards, bikes these days, and of young people. :/
Susan September 10, 2012 at 07:00 AM
I saw the crumpled bicycle laying in the street. It was so sad. I wish people would pay attention and hopefully the driver wasn't on a cell phone. That corner is so lit up it's hard to imagine an alert driver not seeing a kid on a bike. Distracted drivers in a hurry are taking our kids from us. Not to say anything negative about this specific driver, I just wish everyone would slow down. You may get somewhere 5 minutes later but possibly say a family from the anguish of losing someone forever. Please think about it people. My prayers go out to Lionel and his family.
Brenda September 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I hope he does too KME and without any long term damage. So hard to see any age person get injured seriously like this and for an accident that could have been avoided in one way or another. Even if someone did something illegal, a little slower speed or paying more attention might have prevented it. These stories are hard to hear about and how painful it is for everyone, both the driver and bike riders families also. God Bless you all, and hang in there Lionel alot of us out here are pulling for you.
Leslie September 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Most likely, Lionel was crossing the street when he wasn't supposed to. He does it all the time so I'm not surprised. Hopefully he he will be okay and learn from this experience.


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