A motorist suffered life-threatening injuries when his pickup slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer preparing to make a turn in east Riverside, authorities said Wednesday.

The crash happened shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Palmyrita and Michigan avenues, according to the Riverside Police Department.

Sgt. Ryan Taack said the victim, identified only as a 20-year-old Riverside man, was going west on Palmyrita in his Chevrolet Colorado and apparently did not see the big rig in front of him, coming to a stop in the No. 1 lane to make a left turn into a construction area.

“The driver of the Chevy failed to slow for the stopped vehicle and struck the rear,” Taack said.

Paramedics reached the location within a few minutes and found the victim suffering major injuries. The man was taken to Riverside Community Hospital in critical condition.

The trucker was not injured.

Taack said drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the collision.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact the police department’s Traffic Bureau at 951-826-8720.

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