Woman dies in fiery Hemet rollover wreck

HEMET — A woman was killed in a solo-vehicle rollover crash on the outskirts of Hemet’s west end late last night, June 9. The fatal accident, which was the second deadly crash in Hemet last night, happened on SR-74, west of Four Seasons Blvd. The other deadly crash happened at the intersection of N. Lyon and Commonwealth avenues and killed a 61-year-old Hemet woman.

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Emergency personnel were alerted to the crash shortly after 11 p.m., after witnesses reported seeing a small car lose control and overturn multiple times. 911 callers also reported the vehicle burst into flames and that the driver was possibly trapped inside the burning vehicle.

When officials arrived they found a 1995 Toyota Camry upside down and on its roof. The sedan was engulfed in flames and still burning as firefighters set up to knock down the fire. After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters confirmed a person was deceased and still trapped inside the burned wreckage of the car.

An unidentified woman died in a fiery rollover wreck in Hemet late last night. Timothy Franzese/Public Safety Incidents photo

While firefighters began working to extract the victim from her vehicle, CHP shut down the roadway and began investigating the cause of the deadly crash.

During their investigation, officers determined the unidentified woman was driving eastbound on Florida Ave. “when, for reasons not yet determined, she failed to negotiate the sweeping turn in the roadway,” according to CHP Officer M. Peel.

As the driver lost control of her vehicle, the Camry careened across the center median and into the westbound lanes, where it then jumped the concrete curb on the north side of the roadway and plowed into a tree. The impact caused the Toyota to begin overturning, and the car rolled several times before coming to rest upside down and bursting into flames.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, according to Peel. 

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The victim’s name has not been released; pending further investigation, identification, and notification of the victim’s family.

Alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision and CHP’s investigation is active and ongoing.

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

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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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