Auto shop employee & dog killed after SUV plows into Beaumont business
BEAUMONT — An auto repair employee died after a car plowed into a Beaumont business this morning, Friday, July 19. The deadly, solo-vehicle accident, which sent the driver to the hospital with minor injuries, happened at Stallion’s Auto Repair & Tires on the 300 block of E 5th St., across from McDonald’s. Sources familiar with the accident and ongoing investigation have reported one of the employee’s dogs was killed in the crash as well.
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Beaumont Police and Fire Departments, along with CHP, AMR, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the location at 10:22 a.m., after receiving multiple reports of a fatal crash in the area of 5th St and Beaumont Ave., Beaumont PD officials later shared in a social media release after the collision.
When officials arrived they found a silver Subaru SUV that had lost control while exiting the westbound I-10 “at a high rate of speed” and plowed through the parking lot of the repair shop, Beaumont PD later reported. As the SUV careened out of control, it smashed into an RV and several other vehicles that were at the business to be repaired.
The SUV also struck an employee who was working on a vehicle at the business, as well as the man’s dog, killing both.
An auto shop employee and his dog were killed after a speeding SUV careened out of control and plowed into a Beaumont business this morning. Beaumont PD photo
The female driver who caused the accident was treated at the scene, before being transported to an area hospital with injuries later described as minor.
Omar Aqleh, who shared several videos from the scene on social media, later wrote, ”We lost someone who was way more than just a employee to us, someone who left way to soon, still had a lot of life left to live.”
“It just goes to show that anything can happen to anybody at any time,” Aqleh continued. “May he rest in peace.”
Beaumont PD is investigating the cause of the deadly crash and their investigation is active and ongoing at the scene.
Anyone with further details or information about this accident is encouraged to contact the On-Duty Watch Commander at (951) 769-8500. Callers can remain anonymous.
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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.
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