Palm Desert crash kills motorcyclist, 47

PALM DESERT — Officials are investigating a two-vehicle crash in Palm Desert that killed a 47-year-old motorcyclist yesterday morning, Saturday, June 15. Although officials say their investigation is ongoing and that they are still looking for potential witnesses to the deadly crash, they have specified that neither alcohol or drug intoxication are suspected to be contributing factors.


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Emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Monterey Ave. and Shadow Ridge Rd. at 6:49 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision between a motorcycle and Toyota SUV, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod LaBrecque later reported.

The motorcyclist sustained major injuries in the crash and he was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center where he later passed away. Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Larry Bandeaux, 47, of Palm Desert, as the man killed in the collision. A coroner’s report indicated Bandeaux was pronounced deceased at 7:27 a.m.

Deputies assigned to Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation which revealed Bandeaux was traveling northbound on Monterey Ave. toward Shadow Ridge Rd. just before the collision.

As Bandeaux entered the intersection, his motorcycle collided with a Toyota SUV, which had been making a left turn from southbound Monterey Ave. onto Shadow Ridge Rd. 

The driver of the Toyota, a 28-year-old female from Thousand Palms remained at the scene and cooperated with deputies during their investigation, which is ongoing at this time.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Michael Doyle of the Palm Desert Station’s Traffic Team at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number T191660011 and 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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