A 35-year-old man died at a hospital Thursday of head injuries he suffered when his ATV was hit by a car on Highway 74 just southwest of Perris, authorities said.
Nicholas Gilland of Perris died about six hours after the Wednesday night collision at the 74 and Meadowbrook Avenue.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Gilland was riding a 2001 Yamaha Bear Tracker eastbound on the 74, facing traffic, and was in the midst of crossing Meadowbrook when 19-year-old Tania Marie Ortiz of Perris started a left turn onto the street from the highway in her 2017 Honda Civic.
Officer Juan Quintero said Ortiz turned on a green traffic signal and apparently did not see the ATV crossing Meadowbrook. The Honda impacted the Yamaha, ejecting Gilland onto the roadway, Quintero said.
“(The victim) was not wearing a helmet and suffered major blunt force trauma to his head,” the officer said.
Ortiz was not hurt.
Gilland was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he lingered on life support until about 3:30 a.m., according to Riverside County coroner’s officials.
Quintero said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information was encouraged to call the CHP’s Riverside office at 951-637-8000.
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