Moreno Valley man, 27, killed in 2-car wreck

MORENO VALLEY — A 27-year-old Moreno Valley man died after being involved in a two-vehicle traffic collision in Moreno Valley late Wednesday evening, Jan. 23. The fatal collision happened at the intersection of Cottonwood Ave. and Lasselle St.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Joseph Peters IV as the man who died in the crash. A coroner’s release indicated Peters succumbed to his injuries about 40 minutes after the crash and was pronounced deceased at 11:18 p.m.


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Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley PD, more than a dozen Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, and other emergency personnel, responded to reports of a major-injury traffic collision shortly after 10:30 p.m. 911 callers reported four injuries, with one victim trapped inside his vehicle.

When officials arrived they found a two-vehicle collision “with several injured parties,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Gilbert Gonzalez explained after the deadly accident. Firefighters confirmed one of the victims, later identified as Peters, was trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his vehicle and required extrication with the “Jaws of Life.”

All four victims were eventually transported to area hospitals, including Peters, who was rushed to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley where, despite life-saving efforts, he later succumbed to his injuries. Cal Fire later Tweeted that in addition to Peters, one victim was transported with serious injuries and two other victims were transported with injuries described as minor.

Based on the circumstances, specially trained members of Moreno Valley PD’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is ongoing.

While deputies and other emergency personnel worked at the scene, they called for the temporary closure of the intersection, which was reopened at the conclusion of their initial on-scene investigation.

Traffic Team members have asked that anyone who witnessed the crash and has not yet provided a statement to come forward with any information that may aid in their collision investigation. Witnesses can contact Moreno Valley PD at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV19023406 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Contact the writer:

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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