MENIFEE: Perris man, 27, walking in lanes of Hwy 74, killed by hit and run driver

MENIFEE — A 27-year-old Perris man died after he was struck while walking in the westbound lanes of Highway 74. The fatal hit and run happened early Saturday morning, May 12, between Briggs and McKinley Roads in Menifee.

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene shortly after 1 a.m., after receiving reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision.

When officials arrived, they found a male victim down in the roadway with major injuries. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Marshall explained after the fatal incident. The driver fled the scene prior to deputies’ arrival.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

Members of Menifee PD’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Team members determined the pedestrian had been walking in the #2 lanes of westbound Highway 74 when he was struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene.

Officials have not provided any information regarding the vehicle that fatally struck the victim.

During their investigation, deputies called for the temporary closure of Highway 74, between Briggs Road and McKinley Road. Officials re-opened the roadway at 6:30 a.m.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Grimm at the Menifee Police Department at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number ME181320003 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta 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 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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