RIVERSIDE: Four injured, one critically, in head-on, rollover wreck

RIVERSIDE — Four people were hospitalized after a major-injury, two-vehicle traffic collision, Monday morning, Nov. 20. The early morning accident happened on Hole Avenue, between Mobley and California Avenues, in Riverside.

Firefighters and paramedics talk to a victim inside one of the wrecked vehicles. Loudlabs News photo

City of Riverside Fire and Police personnel along with American Medical Response medics responded to the accident about 12:15 a.m., after multiple people called 911 to report the crash; which involved a silver, 2008 Honda SUV and silver, 2002 Honda sedan.

When officials arrived, they found two wrecked vehicles in the middle of Hole Avenue, in front of the Krazy Greek restaurant. The SUV was on its roof and both vehicles had sustained major, front-end damage in the collision. Vehicle parts and debris were strewn across the roadway, blocking all lanes of traffic on Hole Avenue.

Firefighter/paramedics immediately began evaluating and treating four people injured in the collision.

The driver and two passengers from the SUV and the driver from the sedan were all eventually transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to severe.

One of the passengers, a 56-year-old Riverside resident was transported with critical injuries.

Both vehicle involved in the rollover crash sustained major damage. Loudlabs News photo

While fire officials treated the injured victims, police investigated the cause of the collision.

During their investigation, officers determined a 21-year-old, Riverside resident was driving the sedan eastbound on Hole Avenue when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes of Hole Avenue and plowed head-on into the SUV being driven by a 22-year-old, who was also from Riverside.

While officers investigated the cause of the accident, they called for the temporary closure of Hole Avenue in both directions between California Avenue and Palmento Drive. Officials re-opened the roadway to through traffic when their initial investigation was concluded.

Officials have not yet determined if alcohol or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the major-injury crash and Riverside PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.

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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as 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, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries 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 27 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 14 grandchildren.

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