Elsinore woman ID’d after fatal Wildomar hit and run

WILDOMAR — A Lake Elsinore woman was struck and killed in Wildomar and her lifeless body was later discovered just minutes after midnight, on the morning of Friday, July 5. The deadly hit and run happened near the intersection of Mission Trail and Sylvester Rd., and officials are now searching for the driver who fled the scene of the fatal collision.


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Riverside Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Charline Wells, 42, of Lake Elsinore, as the victim killed by the hit and run driver. A coroner’s release indicated the time that Wells was fatally struck was unknown, but that she was pronounced deceased at 12:41 a.m.

Deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of the fatal incident at 12:04 a.m., after receiving a call reporting finding the victim’s body, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Vickers later reported. The 911 caller reported they had been walking in the area when they spotted Wells’ body against a fence near the intersection.

“Medical personnel were the first to arrive on scene and pronounced the victim deceased,” Vickers explained.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station’s Traffic Team responded to the scene to conduct a full investigation into the collision. 


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Officials were not able to identify the vehicle that struck the victim that morning and their investigation and search for the hit and run driver are ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Petersen at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number WI191860001 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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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