UPDATE: Homeland motorcyclist, 42, killed yesterday, ID’d

UPDATED: Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m., With coroner’s release.

HOMELAND — Details are beginning to emerge after a Homeland motorcyclist was killed in a solo-vehicle crash, according to officials. The deadly accident happened sometime Friday morning, April 26, in the area of Minton and Juniper Flats roads.


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Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Charles Norton, 42, of Homeland, as the motorcyclist killed in what Cal Fire initially described as a two-vehicle collision. However, family members have since reported there was not a second vehicle involved. (See Cal Fire’s Tweet below.) A coroner’s release indicated Norton passed away at the scene of the crash and was pronounced deceased at 8:54 a.m.

CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and AMR, were dispatched to the 24000 block of Minton Rd. about 8:30 a.m., according to a Cal Fire Tweet. When officials arrived they determined Norton had already succumbed to his injuries.

Family members have reported that CHP Officer Jackie Bramlett made the death notification and told them the accident possibly happened when the front tire of Norton’s motorcycle became stuck in deep ruts in the roadway while traveling on Minton Rd., which caused him to lose control and crash. Family have also said they were told by Bramlett that the victim died instantly and did not suffer.

CHP is investigating the cause of the deadly crash and their investigation is ongoing.

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

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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