Motorcyclist killed in fiery Jurupa Valley wreck

JURUPA VALLEY — A motorcyclist was killed in a fiery, two vehicle collision in Jurupa Valley early Friday morning, August 2. Authorities say the rider died after running a red light and plowing into a car at the intersection of Van Buren Blvd. and Belgrave Ave.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with about a dozen Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters and AMR medics, were dispatched to the scene about 2:55 a.m., after receiving reports of a motorcycle and car that had collided at the intersection, Riverside Sheriff’s Corporal Lionel Murphy has since reported. 911 callers reported the rider was down on the ground and that a fire had erupted after the collision.

When officials arrived they found the fiery wreck and discovered the rider still down in the roadway and unresponsive, according to Murphy, who said, “Despite life saving measures by Cal Fire, the rider was declared deceased.”

The motorcyclist who perished at the scene has not yet been identified, pending further investigation and notification of the victim’s family.

Firefighters spent about ten minutes extinguishing the blaze caused by the accident, according to a Cal Fire social media release.

Based on the circumstances, members of Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.

During their preliminary, on-scene investigation deputies determined that just before the collision the motorcyclist had been traveling eastbound on Belgrave Ave. approaching Van Buren Blvd. At the same time, the driver of a Honda was traveling southbound on Van Buren Blvd. approaching the intersection.

According to witnesses and evidence at the scene, the rider failed to slow down or stop for a red light at the intersection, “and entered the intersection against a red light,” explained Murphy.

The driver of the Honda remained at the scene of the deadly crash and was cooperative with the sheriff’s investigation.

Neither drug or alcohol intoxication appear to be contributing factors in the collision, and the sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, according to Murphy.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Ditfurth at the Jurupa Valley Station (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV192140012 and can remain anonymous. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at or

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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 currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto 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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