UPDATE: Second child dies after solo-vehicle San Jacinto crash

UPDATED: July 13, 10:30 p.m.

See original story below.

SAN JACINTO — A second child has passed away after a deadly, solo-vehicle crash in San Jacinto that happened Friday morning, July 12. One adult and three children were inside the car when the fatal accident happened around 8:30 a.m., on Sanderson Ave., just north of Cottonwood Ave.

Officials had previously reported that one of three children inside a Scion coupe had passed away after being rushed to Riverside University Health System Medical Center’s Trauma Center in Moreno Valley for advanced life-saving efforts.

According to Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan De Loss, the second child passed away at RUHS this evening at 5:11 p.m.

Officials have not provided any updates on the driver of the car or the third child, who were both seriously injured in the accident.

Neither victims have been identified yet and the sheriff’s investigation into the cause of the fatal crash is ongoing.

ORIGINAL STORY: Child killed in solo-vehicle San Jacinto crash

SAN JACINTO — A woman with three children in her vehicle  was involved in a deadly crash in San Jacinto yesterday morning, Friday, July 12. One of the children inside the car was killed in the solo-vehicle crash, which happened in the area of Sanderson Ave., just north of Cottonwood Ave.


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Deputies assigned to the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the fatal crash about 8:38 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan De Loss later reported.

When officials arrived, they found a woman and three children who had been seriously injured in the crash. At least two of the victims were found in critical condition and after pulling the four from the wrecked car paramedics immediately began CPR and other life-saving efforts.

Officials work at the scene of a fatal San Jacinto crash that left a child dead yesterday morning. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

Based on one of the victim’s injuries, officials requested an air ambulance to the scene. However, they later cancelled the helicopter’s response and rushed all four victims to Riverside University Health System Medical Center’s Trauma Center in Moreno Valley for advanced life-saving efforts.

Despite their efforts, one of the children succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased by medical professionals at the hospital.

The victim’s name and age have not yet been released, pending further investigation.

Based on the circumstances, San Jacinto PD’s Traffic Reconstruction Team members responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their preliminary investigation deputies determined the vehicle, described as a burgundy Scion coupe, was traveling northbound on Sanderson Ave when, for an unknown reason, the driver veered to the right causing her vehicle to leave the roadway. The small car then smashed into a drainage culvert along the side of the roadway, causing major damage to the vehicle. 

Officials do not suspect intoxication to be a factor in yesterday morning’s deadly crash. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

Although the investigation is ongoing, De Loss said alcohol and or drug intoxication do not appear to be factors in this collision. 

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of Sanderson Ave., between Ramona Expressway and Cottonwood Ave. The roadway was re-opened several hours later.

Anyone who witnessed this collision and has not yet provided a statement to authorities is encouraged to contact Deputy Rutigliano at the San Jacinto Station at (951) 654-2702. Callers can refer to incident file number I191930026 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip 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.


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