Family grieving after MV toddler crushed under wheels of commercial truck

UPDATED: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 11 p.m.

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MORENO VALLEY — Officials have identified a toddler who died after being struck by a large, commercial dump truck at a Moreno Valley home earlier today. The deadly accident happened shortly before 10:20 a.m., on the 24500 block of Fir Ave.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified as 2-year-old, Nazarey Flores Arizmendi, as the victim killed in the tragic incident. A coroner’s release indicated the toddler was pronounced deceased at the scene at 10:26 a.m.

Officials earlier said that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors, but members of Moreno Valley PD’s Traffic Reconstruction Team are still investigating how the toddler ended up outside and under the wheels of the truck. Their investigation is ongoing.


UPDATED: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m., With road closure information and other details

MORENO VALLEY — Officials are investigating the tragic death of a toddler this morning, killed under the wheels of a commercial truck on a private residential property in Moreno Valley. The horrific fatal accident happened Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the 24500 block of Fir Ave., between Indian St. and Perris Blvd.


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Emergency personnel raced to the home around 10:20 a.m., after receiving reports of an accident involving a large commercial dump truck and toddler.

When officials arrived at the scene they quickly determined the child had already succumbed to their injuries and medical personnel pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

Officials remain at the scene of a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision involving a Moreno Valley toddler. Miguel Shannon/OC Hawk News photo

As the investigation was getting underway grieving family members could be seen outside the home, crying and inconsolable. At one point a woman rushed up to the cordoned off area, racing under the crime scene tape and running up to other grieving family members.

The woman, believed to be the victim’s mother, began screaming in horror and anguish and had to be led into the home. The young woman’s desperate screams could soon be heard echoing down the street and throughout the neighborhood.

Forensic technicians from the Sheriff’s Forensic Service Bureau along with coroner officials responded out to the scene, as did members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team and other officials, and were later seen working around two large commercial dump trucks with signs offering trash hauling and clean-up services.

A Riverside County Sheriff’s volunteer chaplain soon arrived at the scene to help console the grieving family members and guide them through the morning’s horror.

Officials later closed Fir Avenue, between Ross St. and Indian Ave., and the roadway is expected to reopened about 2 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Sexton later explained.

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At this time drugs and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the fatal accident, according to Sexton, but Moreno Valley PD’s investigation into how the toddler ended up outside and under the wheels of the truck is ongoing.

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.