Murrieta teen dies after two-vehicle Elsinore wreck

LAKE ELSINORE — A 19-year-old Murrieta woman was killed and three other people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle Lake Elsinore crash yesterday evening, Thursday, July 18. The fatal crash happened in the area of Corydon and Cereal streets.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Amanda Nelson, 19, of Murrieta, as the victim who died at the scene of the crash. A coroner’s release indicated she passed away at 6:22 p.m.


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Deputies assigned to Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire and AMR, were dispatched to the deadly collision at 6:10 p.m., after receiving reports of a major injury crash. 911 callers reported at least two victims were trapped inside one of the vehicles.

When officials arrived they found two wrecked vehicles, described as a blue Chevy Corvette and white Ford F150 pick up truck hauling a trailer. Officials found two people in both of the involved vehicles, three of whom sustained serious injuries and one who was pronounced deceased upon paramedics arrival.

19-year-old, Amanda Nelson, from Murrieta died at the scene of a two-vehicle wreck in Lake Elsinore yesterday evening. William Hayes/OC Hawk photo

Both the seriously injured driver and deceased passenger from the Corvette, later identified as Nelson, were trapped inside their sports car and firefighters began a cut and rescue operation to free the pair.

Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to cut both the surviving driver as well as the deceased passenger, from the wrecked Corvette.

The driver of the Chevy was eventually extricated from the Corvette and he, along with both occupants from the Ford, were transported to area hospitals. Cal Fire later said one of the victims sustained serious injuries and two suffered moderate injuries.

Lake Elsinore PD’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. They were assisted by members of the department’s Forensic Services Unit. Their investigation is ongoing and officials have not released a potential cause in the deadly crash or any further details.

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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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