Motorcyclist, 46, dead after Jurupa Valley head-on crash

JURUPA VALLEY — A motorcyclist was killed when a driver made a left turn directly in front of the rider, causing him to smash head-on into the other vehicle late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23.

The fatal collision, which was the second head-on crash in Riverside County involving motorcyclists killed when vehicles made left turns in front of them on Sunday, happened at the intersection of Country Village Road and Wagon Way, in the city of Jurupa Valley. The other deadly accident happened two hours earlier on the 27000 block of State Hwy 74 at 3rd St., according to officials.

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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station, along with Cal Fire and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash about 5:30 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Gutierrez later reported.

When officials arrived they found the motorcyclist still down in the roadway. The other involved driver had remained at the scene of the crash and the driver was cooperating with the Sheriff’s investigation.

“The motorcyclist sustained major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Cal Fire personnel,” said Gutierrez.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Randy Navarrette, 46, of Fontana, as the motorcyclist who died in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated Navarrette was pronounced deceased at 5:37 p.m.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

During their preliminary, on-scene investigation, deputies determined the driver of the vehicle that caused the deadly crash was traveling northbound on Country Village Rd. when they attempted to make a left turn onto Wagon Way.

“As the vehicle was turning, it collided with the motorcycle that was traveling southbound on Country Village Rd.,” explained Gutierrez; who said, “It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.”

While deputies and other emergency personnel worked at the scene, Country Village Road was closed in both directions for several hours. The roadway was later re-opened to normal traffic.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the crash and has not yet provided a statement to authorities is encouraged to call Deputy Morales at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV200540110 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.



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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.

One comment

  • I know this may sound crazy, but seriously don’t are about traffic it will cause; Put in damn turning signal at every damn light. PERIOD. I hear so often this and people doing a California stop w/o looking and hitting pedestrians. Just think we need to stop and think or put a damn light to make a turn at every friggen light!

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