One hospitalized after two-vehicle Hemet rollover collision
HEMET — One person was hospitalized after a two-vehicle, rollover traffic collision in Hemet, Saturday evening, Dec. 1. The accident happened in front of City Nails and Spa, on E. Florida Ave., just east of Carmalita St.
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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the crash around 8:45 p.m., after receiving reports of a two-vehicle, rollover traffic collision.
A Hemet Fire Battalion Chief was first on scene and reported finding two wrecked vehicles blocking parts of westbound Florida Ave. The vehicles were described as a Chevy Silverado and Jeep Cherokee.
The Chevy had heavy rear-end damage and the wrecked Jeep was overturned and on its roof. Vehicle parts and debris were scattered across the roadway, blocking westbound motorists from being able to work their way past the accident scene.
Officials reported all occupants had made it safely out of their destroyed vehicles and paramedics immediately began evaluating and treating the occupants from the truck and SUV.
Witnesses at the scene later reported the Jeep plowed into the back of the Chevy, which was stopped and waiting at a red stop light at the intersection. The impact caused the SUV to careen out of control and flip onto its roof.
AMR medics eventually transported the driver of the Jeep to Hemet Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The full nature and extent of the victim’s injuries was unknown.
Although the roadway was temporarily blocked by emergency personnel working around the two wrecked vehicles, the road was quickly re-opened once the overturned Jeep was righted back onto its wheels and both it and the truck were towed from the scene.
Police officials have not yet specified what led to the collision or if alcohol or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the crash and their investigation is ongoing.
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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.