UPDATE: Officials release details, seek critical witness, after fatal 273 rollover

UPDATED: Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

See original story below.

Brennan Emmitt Gard, of around 6:55 a.m., on Highway 273 at Girvan Rd.

According to Redding Police Department, Gard was driving a black 2000 GMC Yukon and towing an ATV, while traveling southbound on SR-273 at a high rate of speed.

As he was approaching Girvan Rd. officials say Girvan lost control of the SUV and collided with a traffic signal pole. The impact caused the SUV to overturn multiple times and Gard, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Witnesses later reported that an unknown driver in a light-colored pickup towing a white enclosed utility trailer was stopped in the intersection at the time of the fatal rollover and may be able to provide critical information about the crash.

The driver, who was not directly involved in the crash, has not yet been identified or provided a statement to Redding PD, and officials are anxious to identify and speak with the person.

Anyone with information about this investigation, who witnessed the crash and has yet to provide a statement, or who has information about the potential witness is encouraged to immediately contact Redding Police Officer Stark at (530) 225-4200.

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


Original Story: One dead after solo-vehicle Hwy 273 wreck in Redding

UPDATED: Thursday, Nov. 1, 11:15 a.m., With road closure update.

REDDING — Authorities are investigating a solo-vehicle crash in Redding that left one driver dead earlier this morning, Thursday, Nov. 1. The fatal crash happened on Highway 273 near Girvan Road and caused the closure of the highway through the area.


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Fire and rescue personnel dispatched to the scene of the crash shortly before 7 a.m., found a dark Chevy Suburban pulling a trailer with an ATV that had struck a light pole.

Redding PD is investigating a fatal, solo-vehicle crash that left one man dead on Hwy 273 earlier this morning. KRCR News photo

The impact caused vehicle parts, the trailer and ATV, and other debris, to be scattered across the entire roadway and officials called for the temporary closure of the highway, between Clear Creek and Canyon roads.

During the hours-long closure all traffic on the highway was being redirected to other nearby streets.

Officials determined the driver and sole occupant of the SUV sustained major traumatic injuries and the person later succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Officials have not released the victim’s name pending identification and notification of the person’s family.

Officers at the scene reported that excessive speed may have been a contributing factor in the deadly crash and their crash investigation is active and ongoing at the scene.

SHASCOM later updated that Highway 273 was no longer blocked and had re-opened to through traffic.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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