Deputy involved in fiery SR-299W crash that killed one, injured 3

REDDING — Officials are investigating after a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a fiery, two-vehicle wreck that killed one person and seriously injured two others Wednesday evening, Nov. 8. The deputy was also hospitalized after the deadly head-on crash, which happened on SR-299W near Newfound Way.


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According to CHP, at around 8 p.m. the deputy was traveling westbound on SR-299W while responding to a call for service in the Rock Creek area when a deer walked into the roadway in front of his vehicle.

The deputy reportedly swerved to avoid a deer that walked into a roadway, causing his vehicle to collide head-on with another eastbound vehicle, CHP has since reported.

Officials are investigating a crash after a Shasta County sheriff’s deputy reportedly swerved to avoid a deer, causing a fiery two-vehicle wreck that killed one person.

The impact of the collision caused the eastbound vehicle to  burst into flames and caused the deputy’s vehicle to roll down an embankment, leaving the deputy trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his vehicle.

Two victims were saved from their burning vehicle, while the third perished and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The two victims pulled from the burning car was transported to an area hospital with injuries described as major and moderate.

Officials have not released the name of the victim killed in the crash pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

The trapped and injured deputy was eventually extricated from his vehicle and transported to Mercy Medical in Redding for treatment of his unspecified injuries.

Based on the circumstances, CHP’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of the highway, which remained closed for several hours.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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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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