Driver not expected to survive Riverside crash

RIVERSIDE — Two people were critically injured, including one person who was not expected to survive their injuries, when their speeding car failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and plowed into two trees in Riverside early Sunday morning, May 19. Today’s crash happened in the 7000 block of Magnolia Ave. near Washington St., south of Arlington Ave.


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City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene of the crash around 1:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a major-injury traffic collision, according to a Riverside PD social media release.

When officials arrived they found the mangled wreckage of a Nissan 350Z that had smashed into two trees, leaving both occupants seriously injured and trapped. Firefighters quickly went to work cutting the injured victims from the destroyed car before both were rushed to area hospitals.

“The driver is expected to succumb to his injuries and the passenger is expected survive,” officials explained in their release.

Based on the circumstances, members of Riverside PD’s Major Accident Investigation Team were called to the scene and assumed the crash investigation.

During their preliminary investigation, officers determined the driver of the Nissan, a 25-year-old Riverside resident who has not yet been publicly identified, was traveling westbound on Magnolia Ave. “at a high rate of speed” when they lost control of their vehicle and collided with two trees. 

RPD’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with information regarding their investigation and this collision to call Riverside PD Traffic Detective Matthews at (951) 826-8724. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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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