Victim, 25, ID’d after deadly Ramona Expressway rollover

NUEVO — One person was killed and another injured after a solo-vehicle, rollover crash in Nuevo Saturday morning, Sept. 28. The deadly accident happened near the intersection of Ramona Expressway and Martin St., between the cities of Perris and San Jacinto, according to CHP and Cal Fire officials.

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CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, and AMR medics were dispatched to the scene of Saturday morning’s crash shortly after 5:30 a.m., Cal Fire reported after the deadly accident.

When officials arrived they found a silver Mercedes that had overturned, leaving the driver and a passenger trapped inside the mangled wreckage of their vehicle.

Firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the two victims, one of whom was rushed to Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Robert Flores, 25, of Cathedral City as the man who died in the crash. It was not immediately known if Flores was the driver or passenger in the vehicle, but a coroner’s report indicated he passed away at 6:37 a.m.

The other person pulled from the wrecked Mercedes reportedly suffered minor injuries according to Cal Fire officials, who did not specify if that victim required hospitalization or further treatment of their injuries.

CHP is investigating the cause of the fatal crash and their investigation is ongoing.


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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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