ANZA: Hit-and-run crash could have been sparked by marijuana theft, officials say

A hit-and-run crash that injured two off-road vehicle riders in Anza may have been sparked by the theft of marijuana plants from a nearby property, sheriff’s officials say.

Two men were riding a quad in the 59000 block of Everett Road about 4:43 p.m. Friday when they were struck by a pickup truck which then fled the scene, according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release.

Both riders were seriously injured and airlifted to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Witness statements and physical evidence found at the scene led authorities to believe that marijuana plants were stolen and that’s possibly what prompted the hit and run, according to the release.

The crash is still being investigated by members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hemet Station and the Central Homicide Unit.

No arrests have been made.

Officials have not released any additional details about the crash.

Sheriff’s officials are encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators at 951-791-3400 or the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

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