Lake Elsinore teen ID’d after fatal crash into telephone pole

LAKE ELSINORE — A 17-year-old Temescal Canyon High School student has been identified after suffering fatal injuries when she crashed head-on into a telephone pole Saturday morning, October 13. The deadly accident happened on Railroad Canyon Rd. near Church Rd. in Lake Elsinore.


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Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified today Lake Elsinore resident Kennedie Ryan as the victim killed in the single-vehicle crash. According to a coroner’s release Kennedie was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries about thirty-five minutes after the crash and was pronounced deceased at 11:11 a.m.

Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Police Station and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene about 10:35 a.m., after receiving reports of the crash, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Woodland later explained.

When officials arrived they found a black Cadillac that had smashed into a power pole along the north edge of the roadway. Kennedie was found with major traumatic injuries and AMR transported the victim and sole occupant of the Cadillac to IVMC, where she later passed away.

Based on the circumstances, Lake Elsinore PD Traffic Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation into the deadly wreck and are “conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision,” said Woodland. Deputies determined Kennedie had been traveling westbound on Rail Road Canyon Rd. when, for an unknown reason, she veered off the roadway and plowed into the telephone pole.

During their investigation, officials called for the temporary, intermittent closure of westbound Railroad Canyon near Church Street and the roadway was reopened about four hours later.

According to Woodland, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision and LEPD’s investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation or who witnessed the deadly collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Petersen of the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L182860036 and can remain anonymous.


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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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