RIVERSIDE: DUI suspected in crash that left passenger dead

The barely recognizable car sustained major damage in the deadly wreck. William Hayes photo

RIVERSIDE – A Moreno Valley resident died in a single-vehicle accident after a driver plowed into two trees and a light pole Monday, Feb. 20. The deadly wreck happened in the area of University Avenue west of Eucalyptus Avenue in Riverside.

Officers investigating the crash believe alcohol intoxication was a contributing factor in the collision, police officials said after their initial investigation.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the fatal accident about 2:14 a.m., after City of Riverside emergency dispatchers received multiple 911 calls from citizens reporting the wreck.

Riverside Police and Fire personnel arrived at the scene within minutes of the dispatched call and found a 2011 Chevy Impala that had smashed into two trees and a light pole. The car sustained major damage in the accident and left the driver and passenger with major traumatic injuries.

Based on the severity of the victim’s injuries, the Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

Members of Riverside PD’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and conducted an investigation into the fatal accident. William Hayes photo

During their initial investigation officers determined the Chevrolet was being driven eastbound on University Avenue by a 31-year-old, Desert Hot Springs resident when it left the roadway and collided with two trees and a light pole.

AMR medics transported the driver to Riverside Community Hospital with significant injuries. The right front passenger of the vehicle, a 31-year-old Moreno Valley resident was transported to Riverside Community Hospital with major injuries.

The passenger later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff. He has not been identified pending a coroner’s investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective G. Matthews at (951) 826-8724. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

LAKEVIEW: Nine injured in multi-vehicle, “mass-casualty” accident

Numerous emergency first responders were dispatched to the accident. Loudlabs News photo

LAKEVIEW – Nine people were injured in an early-morning, multiple-vehicle crash Sunday, Feb. 19. The accident happened in the area of Gilman Springs Road and Eden Hot Springs Road in the unincorporated community of Lakeview. Lakeview is southeast of Moreno Valley and northwest of Hemet.

A total of four vehicles were involved in the accident and authorities are investigating the collision as a possible DUI, California Highway Patrol Sergeant Zeke Rodriguez said from the scene.

Witnesses reported the driver of one of the vehicles, described as a grey, full-size pickup truck, caused the collision when the truck drifted into oncoming lanes of traffic. Several people stated after the accident that the driver of the truck appeared to be intoxicated after the collision.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the wreck about 1:31 a.m., after numerous people called 911 to report the multiple vehicle accident.

Firefighters triage the injured victims at the scene of the collision. Loudlabs News photo

Twenty-five firefighters from six engine companies and one truck company responded to the collision, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Public Information Officer April Newman. They were assisted by a paramedic squad and AMR medics. A total of nine ambulances were dispatched to the accident.

When firefighters arrived they discovered the mangled wrecks of three vehicles. Vehicles and debris from the collision were strewn about the roadway, blocking both directions of travel. Firefighters also found numerous victims requiring immediate medical evaluation and treatment.

“The first arriving company officer reported a mass-casualty incident involving (nine) patients,” Newman explained. Firefighters found two of the victims trapped inside a wrecked vehicle. They also found one vehicle over the embankment.

Based on the number of injured victims and the severity of their injuries, firefighters requested additional resources to the scene.

Fire officials work to extricate victims from one of several vehicles involved in the wreck. Loudlabs News photo

Gilman Springs Road was closed in both directions for over an hour while firefighter/paramedics triaged and treated the victims and California Highway Patrol conducted an investigation into the major-injury traffic collision.

Firefighters used the “jaws of life” to extricate the two trapped victims.

All nine patients were eventually transported by ground ambulances to area hospitals. Three of the victims were transported with critical injuries, two with moderate injuries, and four with minor injuries, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Battalion Chief Mark League explained after the incident.

The investigation into this accident is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this collision or who witnessed the accident is encouraged to contact CHP officials at (951) 769-2000.

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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

SAN JACINTO: Driver sustains major injuries after car smashes into tree

A driver suffered major injuries when his vehicle plowed into a tree in San Jacinto. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

SAN JACINTO – A driver suffered major traumatic injuries when their vehicle plowed into a tree Sunday, Feb. 19. The accident happened in the area of West Ramona Expressway near Chase Street in San Jacinto.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the wreck about 7:30 a.m., after Riverside County emergency dispatchers received several 911 calls from citizens reporting the major-injury traffic collision.

Fourteen firefighters from four engine companies responded to the accident scene according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman. They were assisted by a paramedic squad and AMR medics.

“The first arriving engine company reported one vehicle into a tree,” Newman explained. The barely recognizable car, which was described as a white Kia, was so badly damaged that firefighters had to perform “extensive extrication” to remove the driver from the destroyed car, according to Newman.

“Firefighters were able to extricate the occupant of the vehicle,” Newman updated after the incident. “The patient was transported by ground to an area hospital in serious condition.”

While firefighter/paramedics evaluated and treated the injured driver, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police station conducted an investigation into the cause of the accident and assisted with crowd and traffic control.

After the driver was transported to an area hospital, the victim’s car was towed from the scene.

The cause of the investigation is under investigation.

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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

GREEN ACRES: 15 weapons, 2 stolen vehicles, drug paraphernalia uncovered during warrant service

GREEN ACRES – Members of the joint Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) task force arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after they uncovered two stolen vehicles, more than a dozen firearms, drug paraphernalia, and a chop shop at his residence in the 33000 block of Keith Avenue in Green Acres Wednesday, Feb. 15. Green Acres is an unincorporated community west of Hemet and north of Winchester.

Michael Lopez was arrested after he was found to be in possession of weapons, stolen vehicles, and drug paraphernalia.

RAID task force members contacted 51-year-old Michael Christopher Lopez in the area of Calvert and Keith Avenues in the unincorporated community of Green Acres, about 1 pm, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Sean Brown.

When RAID members contacted Lopez they determined he was under the influence of methamphetamine and in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, Brown explained.

“RAID is a multi-agency task force comprised of law enforcement personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Murrieta Police Department, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Department of Insurance,” Brown explained. “RAID’s mission is to investigate, arrest, and prosecute criminals responsible for Riverside County vehicle theft.”

Deputies arrested Lopez and served a search warrant at his Keith Avenue residence.

While serving the search warrant, RAID members located and recovered two stolen vehicles at Lopez’ home. Based on recovered evidence, officials determined Lopez was operating a chop shop at his residence. During the service of the search warrant, RAID members also seized 14 additional firearms and drug paraphernalia at Lopez’ home.

Lopez was later booked into jail for five felony and three misdemeanor charges, including vehicle theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition while under the influence of narcotics, and operating a chop shop.

RAID task force members seized 15 weapons during the service of a search warrant at Lopez’ residence.

An online jail records search revealed Lopez was released the day after his arrest after posting $25,000 bail. His next court date is scheduled for April 12.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or any vehicle theft can report anonymously to RAID members at (951) 955-2770. Callers can refer to incident file number ZE170460003 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

NORCO: Two arrested after narcotics-related search warrant

NORCO – Sheriff’s officials arrested two Norco residents after they located narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition during the service of a narcotics related search warrant. Authorities arrested the pair at a private residence in the 3000 block of Sierra Avenue in Norco, Thursday, Feb. 16.

 

Deputies arrested Wendy Kennedy after finding drugs and more during the service of a search warrant in Norco.

After the warrant service, authorities arrested Wendy Lee Kennedy, 39, and Robert Renfroe, 55 for a variety of charges. Both were later booked into jail at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Deputies assigned to the Norco and Jurupa Valley sheriff’s station’s Special Enforcement Teams served the warrant about 10:45 a.m., according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Justin Rowan.

During the service of the search warrant deputies detained two adults inside the residence. They were later identified as Kennedy and Renfroe.

“During a search of the residence deputies located methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, associated drug paraphernalia and ammunition.” Rowan explained.

An online jail records search revealed Kennedy was booked on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales, possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Kennedy was released the day after her arrest after posting $20,000 bail. Her next court date is scheduled at the Riverside Hall Of Justice April 17.

Renfroe was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was cited and released the day of his arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Darryl Robertson at the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673. Callers can refer to incident file number G170470010 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.