Paraglider suffers serious injuries, airlifted after SJ crash

SAN JACINTO — A paraglider was airlifted with serious injuries after the victim crashed in San Jacinto earlier this morning, Thursday, April 4. This morning’s accident was the second crash and hoist rescue involving a paraglider from Soboba Paragliding and Speed Flying in less than two weeks. Both recent crashes, including one that happened Monday, March 25, happened in the 200 block of Soboba Ave.


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Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, an AMR ambulance crew, and other emergency personnel, were first alerted to the crash at 10:09 a.m., Cal Fire later reported via social media.

When officials arrived at the scene they found a paraglider who had crashed into the mountainside and sustained injuries they later described as serious. Based on the victim’s injuries, officials called for a helicopter to perform a technical hoist and rescue.

Cal Fire’s H901 responded to the area and hoisted the victim from the mountainside around 11:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire. The aviation crew then transported the victim directly to an area hospital.


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Officials have not specified the full nature or extent of the victim’s injuries and no further updates were immediately available.

The cause of this morning’s accident is under investigation.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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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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