PERRIS: Bicyclist killed in early morning accident was trying to cross street
PERRIS –A bicyclist who was reportedly riding within the lanes of traffic was fatally struck early Friday morning, July 13. The deadly collision happened near the intersection of Perris Blvd. and Ramona Expressway, in Perris.
Officials have not released the victim’s name, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.
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Deputies assigned to the Perris Police Station and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the deadly collision at 5:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a vehicle that had struck a bicyclist, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant K. Lamb explained after the deadly collision.
“Officers arrived on scene within minutes, along with personnel from Cal Fire, and found the subject lying in the roadway,” said Lamb. “Life saving measures were begun and the subject was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died.”
Based on the circumstances, members of Perris PD’s Traffic Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.
During their preliminary investigation Traffic Team members determined the accident happened when a northbound vehicle on Perris Blvd. struck the victim as he attempted to ride his bicycle across the northbound lanes.
While officials investigated the fatal collision, they called for the temporary closure of the intersection near where the accident happened. Several lanes of the intersection remained closed for several hours before being re-opened to through traffic.
“At this time, alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision,” explained Lamb.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim remained at the scene and was reportedly cooperating with Perris PD’s investigation, which is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this investigation or who witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Halburian of the Perris Traffic Team at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE181940013 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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Trevor Montgomery, 47, 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.