One dead after San Jacinto paragliding accident

SAN JACINTO — Officials have recovered the body of a person who died in a paragliding accident this morning, Monday, Sept. 3. The victim died while paragliding at Soboba Paragliding and Speed Flying, on the 900 block of Soboba Rd. in San Jacinto.


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25 firefighters from three engine companies responded to the emergency shortly after 10 a.m., Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson Tawny Cabral said in an incident report. They were assisted by Soboba Fire Department, a helitender, and a paramedic squad.

When officials arrived they hiked up the mountain to the downed paraglider. When they found the victim, officials reported the person was in traumatic full arrest and requested additional resources to the scene.

Officials soon updated that the victim succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim’s body was eventually carried from where the crash happened and Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials took custody of the person’s body.

Officials have not identified the victim, pending notification of the person’s family.

There were no other injuries related to the crash and recovery of the victim’s body, and officials are investigating the cause of the deadly incident.

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


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of 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 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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