Snow, icy roads, continue to wreak havoc along mountain highways

MANZANITA CREEK — CHP is at the scene of a non-injury, single-vehicle crash in the Manzanita Creek area along SR-44E, about halfway between Viola and Manzanita Lake. According to a CHP incident log, the driver of a passenger car lost control due to heavy snow and icy roadways and ended up stuck in a ditch along the side of the highway.


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CHP was first alerted to the crash about 2 p.m., when a driver called 911 to report that her vehicle, described as a grey Ford Fusion, had slid off the road and into a ditch, where it became stuck.

About an hour later, shortly after 3 p.m., a CalTrans crew that happened upon the woman’s stuck vehicle reported the driver’s car was “very stuck” and would require a tow truck, which the driver said she could not afford.

CalTrans updated around 3:30 p.m. that they had managed to help pull the victim’s vehicle out of the ditch and had moved the disabled car to a nearby turnout. Officials also reported that the car would not start and had a flat front tire and would still need to be towed from the scene by a 4-wheel drive equipped wrecker.

Shortly before 4 p.m., nearly two hours after the crash was reported, CHP arrived at the scene and updated that a tow truck was being dispatched to the scene to remove the car, despite the driver’s lack of funds to pay for the tow.


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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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