CHP investigating second Hat Creek rollover this week

HAT CREEK — A driver who reportedly swerved to avoid a deer sustained minor injuries after losing control of her vehicle and crashing in Hat Creek, early Friday morning, Nov. 22. A CHP incident log and radio traffic indicated the solo-vehicle accident happened on SR-89 at Gatewood.

This morning’s crash follows on the heels of a deadly rollover accident that happened along the same stretch of SR-89 last Saturday morning. At least one person died as a result of that crash, which occured less than a half-mile north of this morning’s crash, just south of the Hat Creek Post Office and Doty Rd.


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CHP, along with Shasta County Burney Station sheriff’s deputies and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene just after 2 a.m., after a person called CHP to report their sister was involved in a solo-vehicle rollover crash.

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers they had been following their sibling in a separate vehicle, when the other driver lost control of her vehicle after swerving to avoid a deer in the roadway.

When officials arrived they found the driver, who has not been publicly identified, had managed to self-extricate from her overturned vehicle and was being comforted by her sibling. The victim’s wrecked vehicle was found on its roof and in a ditch, about twenty feet from the roadway.

The first CHP officer to arrive at the scene updated around 3 a.m. that the victim’s primary complaint was an injury to her elbow, according to CHP’s incident log.

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Performance Towing arrived at the scene around 3:30 a.m., and began the process of righting the overturned vehicle back onto its wheels so it could be towed from the area.

CHP has not yet released any information about thier investigation, which 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.

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