Unborn child seriously injured in Riverside wreck

RIVERSIDE — A pregnant woman whose unborn child suffered “serious injuries” in a two-vehicle accident was hospitalized early Wednesday morning, Feb. 20. Yesterday’s crash happened at the intersection of Monroe St. at Copenhagen Rd., just west of Don Derr Park.

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City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the crash around 5 a.m., after receiving reports of a two-vehicle traffic collision with serious injuries.

When officials arrived they found two wrecked vehicles within the intersection. Both vehicles, described as a blue Toyota Corolla and grey Toyota Camry, sustained moderate damage.

A pregnant woman who was a passenger in the Corolla was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital, “suffering from serious injuries to her unborn child,” RPD officials later explained. Officials did not specify if the pregnant woman or any of the other vehicles’ occupants were injured.

Based on the circumstances, Riverside PD’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

MAIT members determined that just before the crash occurred, the blue Toyota Corolla, which was being driven by a 33-year-old resident of Riverside, was southbound on Monroe St. At the same time, a gray Toyota Camry was being driven eastbound on Copenhagen Rd. by a 24-year-old, Riverside resident.

“The gray Camry stopped at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection making a left turn to go northbound on Monroe St.,” explained RPD. “The vehicles collided in the intersection.”

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Riverside PD’s investigation is ongoing and officials have not provided any further details or information about the pregnant woman or her unborn baby.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement is urged to contact Riverside Police Traffic Detective G. Matthews at (951) 826-8724 or by email.

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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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