One dead in Perris after quad overturns multiple times

PERRIS — Authorities say a man riding a quad was killed this morning after crashing the vehicle while riding in the area of E. Orange Ave. and Evans Rd. early this morning, Thursday, Jan. 2.

The accident, which happened in the Perris Valley Storm Drain at Placentia Ave., caused the quad to overturn multiple times, fatally ejecting the rider, according to sheriff and fire officials.


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CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire personnel were alerted to the deadly accident at 6:51 a.m., after receiving reports of a quad that overturned multiple times after hitting an embankment in the storm drain, according to Cal Fire and Sheriff’s releases.

When firefighters and other officials arrived at crash they confirmed a man had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim’s name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

Based on the circumstances, members of Perris Sheriff Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

“The preliminary investigation showed an unidentified male was driving a quad in the canal, lost control and rolled multiple times,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Marshall reported after the deadly crash.

The sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and anyone who witnessed the fatal accident is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Updike at the Perris Station, at (951) 210-1119. Callers can refer to incident file number PE200020021 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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

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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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