Pedestrian dies after MoVal collision

MORENO VALLEY — A pedestrian died after he was struck by a car in Moreno Valley early Monday morning, Feb. 4. The fatal accident happened near the intersection of Heacock St. and Fawn Ave., between Cottonwood and Dracea avenues.


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Deputies assigned to Moreno Valley Police Department, along with other emergency personnel, were notified about the collision just before 4 a.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Gil Gonzalez later explained.

When officials arrived they found a man’s body down in the roadway with “major injuries,” said Gonzalez. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Officials have not released the victim’s name, age, or any other details, pending notification of the man’s family.

Deputies found the driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian still at the scene and the driver was cooperative with the deputies’ investigation.

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

During their preliminary investigation, deputies interviewed witnesses and learned “the male pedestrian was standing in a turn pocket and walked in front of the vehicle traveling southbound on Heacock St,” according to Gonzalez.

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of Heacock St., which was reopened to through traffic several hours later.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to contact Deputy Anderson at Moreno Valley Police Department at (951) 486-6800. Callers can refer to incident file number MV19035027 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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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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