Winchester couple, 56 & 54, killed in Idyllwild crash
UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., With additional details from CHP.
IDYLLWILD — A Winchester couple has been identified after a fatal motorcycle crash in Idyllwild Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17. Officials are still investigating the cause of the deadly accident, which happened on Highway 243, near Marian View Dr.
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CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene just after 1:30 p.m., after receiving reports of a motorcycle that crashed into a pickup truck along the winding mountain roadway.
When officials arrived at the scene they determined a male driver and female passenger from the motorcycle had been ejected and sustained major traumatic injuries.
Despite life-saving measures, the couple succumbed to their injuries about twenty minutes after the fatal crash and both were pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Larry Scott, 56, and Robin Scott, 54, as the couple killed in the crash. A coroner’s release indicated the couple passed away within minutes of each other.
During their investigation officers determined Larry Scott was driving a Harley Davidson with Robin Scott as passenger northbound on SR-243 approaching Marian View Dr. just before the deadly crash, according to CHP spokesperson Officer Darren Meyer.
At the same time, 47-year-old Idyllwild resident Carlos Alberto Adames, was driving southbound on SR-243, south of Marian View Dr., in a white Ford F-150. He had two passengers, 45-year-old, Kirsten Ebner, and a 15-year-old girl with him in the truck.
“The preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the Harley Davidson crossed the double yellow lines and into the southbound lane occupied by the Ford,” explained Meyer. “The Harley Davidson struck the left side of the Ford, causing both occupants of the Harley Davidson to be ejected.”
The driver of the Ford and his two passengers were uninjured, according to Meyer.
As their investigation continued officers called for the temporary closure of SR-243 in both directions and traffic was diverted around the closure using Saunders Meadow Rd. to prevent major traffic delays. The roadway remained closed for about two and a half hours.
Alcohol and drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision and officials have determined that neither of the victims were wearing Department of Transportation (DOT) approved
CHP’s investigation is ongoing.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.