Norco man, 44, killed in two-vehicle rollover crash ID’d
NORCO — A Norco man died after his speeding vehicle struck a pickup truck, causing it to overturn in Norco Thursday evening, July 4. Yesterday night’s fatal accident happened at the intersection of Sixth St. and Temescal Ave.
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Deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station, along with other Cal Fire and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the crash at 9:16 p.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision with rollover, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Gutierrez later reported.
When officials arrived at the scene, they found two wrecked vehicles including a pickup truck that was upside down and on its roof in the intersection. The vehicles were described as a Toyota Tundra and Chevy El Camino. The driver of the El Camino was trapped and unresponsive inside his heavily damaged vehicle and firefighters performed a cut and rescue operation to free the critically injured man.
Medical personnel eventually determined the driver of the El Camino had succumbed to his injuries and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Alfonso Jimenez, 44, of Norco, as the man killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated Jimenez was pronounced deceased less than ten minutes after the collision occurred, at 9:24 p.m.
The driver of the Toyota pickup was transported to an area hospital with injuries described as minor.
Based on the circumstances, Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the fatal collision investigation.
During their preliminary on-scene investigation, deputies determined that just before the accident the driver of the El Camino was traveling southbound on Temescal Ave. at a high rate of speed, Gutierrez explained. At the same time, the Toyota was headed westbound on Sixth St.
As the two vehicles entered the intersection, Jimenez’ El Camino struck the pickup, according to Gutierrez.
“The force of impact caused the Toyota Tundra to flip onto its roof and slide across the intersection,” Gutierrez explained. “Both vehicles came to rest on the southwest portion of the intersection into the oncoming lanes of traffic.”
The sheriff’s investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing.
Anyone with additional information related to this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Murphy at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600, crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). Callers can refer to incident file number G191850045 and can remain anonymous. Citizens can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline, www.wetip.com, or using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.
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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.