A 12-year-old Menifee boy was seriously injured when the quad he was riding overturned as it was being towed by another off-road vehicle, authorities said Friday.

The accident happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 23700 block of Cypress Place, near Newport Drive, according to the Menifee Police Department.

Sgt. Matthew Bloch said that the victim, whose identity was not released, was using a “toy quadricycle” that broke down, and a girl, also not identified, who was riding a full-size quad offered to tow him.

It was unclear whether the children were related.

“The juveniles tied the two quads together and began towing the inoperative one,” Bloch said. “At one point, the towed quad lost control and overturned. The male juvenile, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected and suffered a head injury.”

The victim was airlifted to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he is in stable condition, according to the police spokesman.

“The Menifee Police Department would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the juvenile and his family for a full recovery,” Bloch said.

He said that the crash serves as a reminder that all users of off-road vehicles should remember to wear “proper safety equipment, including a helmet.”

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