MORENO VALLEY: Perris woman, 20, killed by hit and run driver

MORENO VALLEY – A 20-year-old, Perris resident died after she was struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday, March 28. The deadly accident happened on Ironwood Avenue east of Zantar Lane in Moreno Valley.

Coroner’s officials later identified Tatiana Flores as the pedestrian who was killed. She died at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley at 10:52 p.m. Coroner’s officials had not yet determined what time Flores was fatally struck.

Moreno Valley Police and Fire personnel and AMR medics responded to reports of the major injury hit and run traffic collision about 10:13 p.m., according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant William Stens.

Emergency first responders arrived within minutes of the dispatched call and quickly found the pedestrian down in the roadway. She was suffering from major traumatic injuries from being struck.

Officials determined the driver that struck the pedestrian, who was later identified as Flores, had not stopped after the deadly collision, had not attempted to render aid to the injured pedestrian and had fled the scene before deputies arrived.

AM medics transported Flores to RUHS, where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.

“The vehicle was described as a black sedan and will have significant front end damage,” Stens said about the hit and run vehicle.

All lanes of Ironwood Avenue were closed between Heacock and Davis Streets while deputies conducted their investigation.

Officials reopened the roadway to regular traffic several hours later.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or who witnessed the deadly hit and run is encouraged to contact Moreno Valley police officials at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer t incident file number MV170870463 and can remain anonymous.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor 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 and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with 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 and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

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.

MORENO VALLEY: Driver killed after vehicle smashes into power pole, trees

MORENO VALLEY – A driver died when their car smashed into a telephone pole and several trees Saturday, March 25. The early-morning, single-vehicle wreck happened in the 17700 block of Lasselle Street between Avenida Classica and Via De Anza, near Rancho Verde High School, in Moreno Valley.

Vehicle parts, debris and sections of the telephone pole were strewn about the roadway after the wreck. William Hayes photo

Moreno Valley Police and Fire personnel and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the fatal crash about 2:30 a.m., after Riverside County emergency dispatchers were notified about the wreck.

Callers told dispatchers a car had struck a telephone pole and that the impact sheared the telephone pole in half – leaving live lines dangling over nearby trees, the vehicle and in the street. A concrete light pole was also damaged in the collision.

When they arrived, officials found vehicle parts, debris and sections of the telephone pole strewn about the roadway after the wreck.

Authorities located the mangled wreckage of a car that had smashed into the pole and trees. The car, which was completely unrecognizable after the wreck, was found upside down amidst broken tree branches and the sheared power pole.

Emergency medical personnel were initially unable to gain access to the mortally injured driver or the vehicle due to live power lines that were left draped over the vehicle.

Sheriff’s and coroner’s officials survey the scene of the fatal crash. William Hayes photo

Southern California Edison workers were summoned to the scene to de-energize the live wires and assess the damage to the pole, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann. Crews were later forced to remove and replace the pole.

The driver and sole-occupant of the car “suffered multiple traumatic injuries,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant William Stens explained in a written press release after the incident.

The victim succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has not been identified, pending notification of their family.

The Moreno Valley Police Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene of the deadly crash and assumed the investigation.

Their preliminary investigation determined the car was traveling southbound on Lasselle Street when – for an unknown reason – the driver lost control, left the roadway and smashed into the pole and trees.

Members of the Moreno Valley PD Traffic Reconstruction Team document the scene of the crash. William Hayes photo

Traffic Team members were working to determine the speed of the car at the time of the crash. Alcohol and/or drug intoxication have not been ruled out, pending toxicology reports.

Southbound Lasselle Street was closed for several hours between Avenida Classica and Via De Anza while sheriff’s officials conducted their investigation into the fatal crash.

The road closure was expected to remain in effect until repairs could be made to the destroyed power pole.

Moreno Valley police officials are investigating the cause of the deadly wreck. Their investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident or who witnessed the fatal collision are encouraged to contact officials at Moreno Valley PD at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV170840033 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. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

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.

UPDATED: MORENO VALLEY: 51-year-old Cathedral City resident dies in custody at RUHS

UPDATE: March 27, 11 p.m.

MORENO VALLEY – Coroner’s officials have released the name of the 51-year-old man who died while in sheriff’s custody Friday, March 24. The man died just two days after being arrested by Cathedral City police officers.

The inmate, who coroner’s officials have identified as Phillip Soto Garcia, of Cathedral City, died at 3:06 a.m., while being housed in the secured detention unit at the Riverside University Health System at 26520 Cactus Avenue in Moreno Valley.

“At this time, no foul play is suspected,” Clear said in an earlier press release. He explained the Riverside Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau-West was investigating Garcia’s death.

An online jail records search revealed Garcia was arrested Wednesday, March 22 by Cathedral City police officers. Jail records indicated he was arrested on Porter Drive in Cathedral City. Porter Drive is located west of Cathedral Canyon Drive and north of Terrace Road.

Garcia was being held on suspicion of causing harm or death to an elder or dependant adult, battery resulting in serious injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault resulting in great bodily injury, vandalism and resisting arrest with violence.

No information regarding Garcia’s original arrest and charges was immediately available; however CCPD officials have been contacted regarding the circumstances of his arrest.

Garcia was scheduled to be arraigned at Larson Justice Center in Indio March 24, the same day as his death. Since his death, all charges against him have been dismissed or not filed.

In a written press release the day of Garcia’s death, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Wallace Clear explained, “(Garcia) experienced a medical emergency while being housed at the hospital about 3 a.m.”

“Medical staff at the hospital immediately started life saving efforts,” Clear wrote. “Despite their efforts, the male was pronounced deceased.”

Officials have not specified if Garcia had any pre-existing medical conditions that might have led to his death or why he was being held in the sheriff’s secured detention unit at the hospital.

The coroner’s release indicated Garcia’s “Location of Injury,” “Date of Injury” and “Time of Injury” were all pending further investigation and directed all additional questions to the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit.

The involvement of homicide investigators does not necessarily mean a death is being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Harvey with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number RC17083002 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

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MORENO VALLEY – A 51-year-old man died while in sheriff’s custody Friday, March 24. The inmate was being housed in the secured detention unit at the Riverside University Health System at 26520 Cactus Avenue in Moreno Valley.

The man, who officials have not identified pending notification of his family, experienced a medical emergency while being housed at the hospital about 3 a.m., according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Wallace Clear.

“Medical staff at the hospital immediately started life saving efforts,” Clear explained in a written press release the day of the man’s death. “Despite their efforts, the male was pronounced deceased.”

The Riverside Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau-West is investigating the man’s death.

Officials did not specify if the man had any pre-existing medical conditions that might have led to his death or why the man was being held in the sheriff’s secured detention unit at the hospital. Officials also did not say why the man was incarcerated.

“At this time, no foul play is suspected,” Clear said.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Harvey with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number RC17083002 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

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.

MORENO VALLEY: DUI suspected in crash that injured four, one critically

MORENO VALLEY – Four people were injured, including one who was left in critical condition, when a vehicle smashed into a tree Monday, March 20. Officials believe alcohol and/or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the collision. The major-injury accident happened on Iris Avenue west of Oliver Street in Moreno Valley.

The accident forced the overnight closure of eastbound Iris Avenue, between Kaiser Hospital and Oliver Street, while authorities investigated the wreck. Officials reopened the roadway about seven hours later, at 5:40 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant William Stens wrote in press release the day after the accident.

Moreno Valley Police and Fire personnel and American Medical Response medics rushed to the scene of the traffic collision just before 11 p.m.

Emergency first responders arrived at the location within minutes and quickly located a vehicle that had collided with a tree.

“A passenger in the vehicle was found unresponsive, and was immediately transported by paramedics to a local hospital,” Stens explained. He was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the vehicle and two other passengers were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Members of the Moreno Valley PD Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene of the accident to investigate the cause of the collision.

“It is believed alcohol and drugs were…contributing factor(s) to this collision,” Stens said the morning after the accident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or who witnessed the wreck is encouraged to call Moreno Valley police officials at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV170790522 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex related crimes.

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.

WOODCREST: Rock-throwing, knife-wielding man fatally shot by deputy

WOODCREST – A rock-throwing and knife-wielding man was fatally shot by a sheriff deputy during a vandalism investigation Wednesday, March 8.

Numerous deputies and other officials immediately began flooding into the area after the shooting. Loudlabs News photo

The deadly encounter happened in a residential neighborhood in the 15800 block of Wood Road in the unincorporated community of Woodcrest. The neighborhood is north of Van Buren Boulevard and west of Trautwein Road.

At about 3:49 p.m., a deputy from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Perris station responded to the neighborhood after receiving a report of a felony vandalism occurring in the area, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Durham explained in a press release after the deadly shooting.

The release did not specify the nature of the vandalism or details about the property being vandalized.

“During the course of the investigation, the deputy located the male suspect and attempted to speak with him,” Durham explained. “The suspect immediately became combative and began throwing large rocks, which struck the deputy.”

Durham did not specify if the deputy was injured or required medical treatment from being struck with the hurled rocks.

Sheriff’s officials discuss the deadly shooting incident. Loudlabs News photo

At least one parked vehicle was damaged during the rock-throwing.

In spite of being hit by one or more rocks, “the deputy ordered the suspect to comply with his commands, and the suspect refused,” Durham explained.

“The suspect then armed himself with a knife and advanced toward the deputy,” Durham continued. “The suspect refused verbal commands to drop the knife and a deputy involved shooting occurred.”

The release did not specify how many rounds the deputy fired or how many times the suspect was struck.

After the shooting, the deputy immediately put out an emergency call for assistance and summoned medical personnel to respond to provide aid to the mortally wounded suspect.  The deputy then began administering first aid and life-saving measures.

Numerous deputies and other emergency first responders began arriving in the area within minutes. The number of sheriff’s officials who responded to the scene swelled to dozens within an hour of the shooting.

Forensics technicians from the department’s Forensic Services Bureau collected evidence at the scene of the fatal shooting. Loudlabs News photo

American Medical Response medics transported the man to a local area hospital where he succumbed to his wound(s) and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The suspect’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of the man’s family.

Investigators from the Perris station and the department’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. Sheriff’s officials were still at the scene several hours later as their investigation into the fatal shooting continued. Officials were expected to remain throughout the evening.

Several areas were cordoned off throughout the day while sheriff’s investigators, forensic technicians, and other officials searched for, photographed and documented, and collected evidence related to the shooting as well as the moments preceding it.

Wood Road is expected to remain closed in both directions from Beagle Lane to Van Buren Boulevard throughout the night while Investigators conduct their investigation

The involved deputy, whose name was not released, was placed on administrative leave per department policy.

No other deputies or citizens were injured during the shooting.

The investigation is an active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or who witnessed the shooting is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or Investigator Wyatt at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PC170670024 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.