Paraglider airlifted after San Jacinto crash

SAN JACINTO — A paraglider was rescued from a San Jacinto mountainside and hospitalized today after crashing earlier this morning. The accident and remote area rescue happened at Soboba Paragliding and Speed Flying, in the 200 block of Soboba Ave.


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Emergency personnel were first alerted to the accident around 10:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a paraglider who crashed into the mountainside.

When firefighters, paramedics, and other rescue personnel arrived they hiked to the victim’s location and determined the paraglider sustained moderate injuries and would need to be hoisted from the mountainside. Based on the circumstances, Cal Fire’s Copter 901 was soon dispatched to the scene.

Cal Fire updated around noon that the aviation crew airlifted the victim to the bottom of the mountain to a waiting ground ambulance. AMR then transported the person to an area hospital for further treatment of what Cal Fire described as moderate injuries.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


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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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