Motorcyclists killed in early morning head-on collision with truck on Ramona Expressway

NUEVO — Details are beginning to emerge after two motorcyclists were killed when their motorcycle collided head on into an oncoming truck early Friday morning, May 25. The deadly collision happened along a sweeping curve on Ramona Expressway at Martin Street in Nuevo, according to CHP officials.

CHP and Riverside County Sheriff’s officials along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the fatal accident shortly before 3:45 a.m., after a person called 911 to report the wreck.


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“The first arriving engine company reported a head-on traffic collision involving a pickup truck and a motorcycle … with a total of three patients,” Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson April Newman explained in an incident report.

Both the motorcycle rider and passenger succumbed to their injuries and officials pronounced both deceased at the scene.

Neither of the victims have been identified pending further investigation and notification of their families.

The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital. The victim’s injuries were described by fire officials as minor.

During their investigation, CHP called for the temporary, full closure of nearly four miles of Ramona Expressway, between E. Rider Street in Perris and Lakeview Avenue in Nuevo. Although the roadway was re-opened about four hours later – shortly before 7:45 a.m. – the closure reportedly created a traffic nightmare for early morning commuters forced to find an alternate route to their destinations.

CHP investigation into the fatal collision is active and ongoing and officials have not yet stated what might have caused the wreck or if alcohol or drug intoxication were believed to have been contributing factors in the crash.

This is a developing story that will be updated when new information is available.


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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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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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