One dead after Gilman Springs head-on crash

MORENO VALLEY — Officials are at the scene of a fatal head-on collision that claimed one driver’s life and injured another this morning, Monday, May 20. According to a CHP incident log, the deadly crash happened in the area of Gilman Springs Rd and Bold Style Ave., in an unincorporated area of Moreno Valley.

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CHP and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, along with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a head-on collision involving two vehicles. 911 callers reported victims were trapped in both vehicles and that one had gone over the embankment.

When officials arrived they found two wrecked vehicles, described as a dark grey Dodge and a white sedan. Vehicle parts and debris were spread across the two-lane roadway, which was left blocked in both directions by the collision.

Officials have confirmed one person was killed in a head-on crash on Gilman Springs this morning. Marlene Cervantes photo

Firefighters and paramedics immediately began assessing the two drivers and sole occupants of the two vehicles and confirmed both victims were trapped inside their vehicles. Within minutes of their arrival, CHP’s log indicated that officials at the scene requested coroner officials respond to the location for one of the victims who had succumbed to their injuries and passed away at the scene.

The second victim was eventually extricated from their vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital. Cal Fire later described that victim’s injuries as moderate.

CHP soon requested county roads to the location and called for the temporary closure of the roadway from SR-79 to Alessandro Blvd., at which time they began diverting traffic away from the scene of the deadly wreck.

Contacted for more information about the crash, CHP updated around 10 a.m. that the roadway would be reopened in about 30 minutes.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash and their investigation was active and ongoing at the scene as of this report.

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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