Woman, 19, ID’d after deadly Shasta Lake rollover crash

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 3, 3 p.m.

See Original Story below.

SHASTA LAKE — Officials investigating the traffic-related death of a woman whose wrecked and overturned car was found in a tree grove along Interstate 5 near Shasta Dam Boulevard last Sunday morning have identified the victim who died in the crash.

Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Gunsauls today publicly identified 19-year-old, Nevaeh Marie Hopman of Redding, as the victim who died at the scene of the solo-vehicle crash.

“The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem examination has been
scheduled,” Gunsauls explained; saying, “The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.”


Original Story: Woman, 19, dead after crashing into tree grove in Shasta Lake

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. — Officials are investigating after a 19-year-old woman was killed in a rollover crash in Shasta Lake early Sunday morning, March 1. The deadly wreck, which was spotted by a passing motorist, happened on northbound Interstate 5 near Shasta Dam Boulevard.

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CHP and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the fatal accident shortly before 5:30 a.m., after a motorist called 911 to report spotting a white, 2002 Dodge Neon in a grove of trees off I-5 with its lights on.

Officials who responded to the scene reported finding a small passenger car that appeared to have rolled over several times, causing significant damage on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Firefighters soon found a 19-year-old woman, who was the driver and sole occupant of the car, inside the mangled wreckage of the vehicle.  She had already passed away and was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to CHP, who reported the victim had been wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred.

The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of her family.

Grief-stricken friends of the victim later said the woman killed in the accident had been driving home after spending the day with them at their house.

It was not immediately known if alcohol or drug intoxication were factors in the deadly crash, which is being investigated by CHP.

Contacted for more information about the accident, CHP reported the crash investigation was active and ongoing and officials had no other details to release at the time.

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


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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