Hit by vehicle last week, boy, 6, succumbs to injuries

LAKE ELSINORE — A 6-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle in Lake Elsinore last week, Tuesday, Dec. 11, has succumbed to his injuries, according to family members and sheriff’s officials who today confirmed the tot’s death.

The child, whose Lake Elsinore parents have identified on social media as Cary Brown, was critically injured in last Tuesday’s accident and had been on life support since. He passed away yesterday, Dec. 17, after doctors declared him brain dead. Cary’s grieving parents have said they planned to donate their son’s organs, so that others might live and benefit from their child’s tragic passing.


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Deputies and other emergency personnel last week responded to the area of Riverside and Eisenhower drives around 6 a.m., after receiving reports of an accident between a passenger vehicle and a young child, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Woodland. When deputies arrived at the scene they found the boy had been struck by a vehicle and was unresponsive.

Cary Brown, 6, succumbed yesterday to injuries he sustained six days earlier when he was struck by a car in Lake Elsinore. Brown family photo

“Officers immediately began administering CPR, gained a pulse, and the juvenile was ultimately airlifted to Riverside University Healthcare System Hospital,” Woodland explained.

After the deadly accident, members of Lake Elsinore PD’s Traffic Team initiated an investigation into the cause of the collision, spending about five hours at the scene the day of the tragic accident.

Officials have not specified the circumstance that led to the accident, but have said the driver whose vehicle struck the boy remained  at the scene and was cooperating with the sheriff’s investigation.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in this collision., according to Woodland, who said Lake Elsinore PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Although Cary’s vital signs had remained strong since the accident, his father explained on social media that doctors had pronounced the young victim brain dead at 6:14 a.m., yesterday morning. A close family friend has created a GoFundMe account to help raise money for Carey’s funeral cost and other related expenses.

Anyone with further information about the collision or this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Petersen at Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L183450016 and can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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