SJ motorcyclist, 28, dead after vehicle pulls out in front of rider
HEMET — A San Jacinto motorcyclist died Sunday morning, Oct. 7, after a passenger vehicle pulled out in front of the rider, causing a two-vehicle crash. The deadly accident happened on to 100 block of S. San Jacinto St. near Morton Place, one block south of Florida Ave.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Marco Antonio Martinez, 28, of San Jacinto, as the man killed in the collision. According to a coroner’s release, he succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Hemet Valley Medical Center and was pronounced deceased about 45 minutes after the crash, at 11:39 a.m.
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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the crash about 10:54 a.m., after receiving multiple reports of the collision, Hemet Police Lt. Eric Dickson later explained in a press release.
When officials arrived they found the critically injured rider down in the roadway. A passenger vehicle with driver’s side damage and motorcycle, described as a blue and gray Harley-Davidson, were in the roadway nearby.
Paramedics treated Martinez at the scene before AMR rushed him to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
A 73-year-old San Jacinto woman from the other involved vehicle was also injured and transported to the same hospital for further treatment.
During their subsequent investigation, officers determined Martinez had been traveling southbound on San Jacinto St. just before the deadly crash. At the same time, the other motorist was traveling east on Morton Place toward San Jacinto St.
“The driver of the car pulled out from a stop sign in front of the motorcycle, attempting to turn left onto San Jacinto Street,” said Dickson. “The motorcyclist was unable to stop and collided into the driver’s side of the vehicle.”
While officers investigated the cause of the crash, they called for the temporary closure of San Jacinto St., between Florida Ave. and El Nita Ln. The road was reopened about three hours later at the conclusion of the initial on-scene investigation.
At this time, DUI is not suspected to be a factor in this collision and Hemet PD’s investigation is ongoing, according to Dickson.
Martinez leaves behind a wife and four small children, ages 8, 3, 2, and 1, along with other “devastated” family members and “many friends who loved him,” the man’s family said in a GoFundMe account set up to help offset burial costs and other expenses.
“He was a hard working father who provided for his family and he had a smile that could light up a room,” the fundraiser, which had raised nearly $1,400 during its first day, explained. “He will be dearly missed.”
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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.