UPDATED: RIVERSIDE: 17-year-old motorist killed when truck smashes into pole ID’d

UPDATE: Jan. 26, 2:10 p.m.

RIVERSIDE – Coroner’s officials have identified the 17-year-old driver who was killed when his truck smashed into a utility pole Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Officials identified the victim as Paul Napier, a resident of Jurupa Valley.

Napier was transported to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Riverside with major traumatic injuries.

According to the coroner’s release, Napier succumbed to his injuries just over an hour after the deadly crash. His time of death was listed as 5:14 p.m.

Riverside police officials are still investigating the deadly crash.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the deadly crash is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

RIVERSIDE – A 17-year-old juvenile died when he lost control of a truck he was driving and smashed into a utility pole Wednesday, Jan. 25. The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Banbury Drive just southwest of the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside.

Officials have not released the victim’s identity, pending notification of his family and a coroner’s investigation.

City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene of the deadly collision about 4:13 p.m., after the Riverside Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a 911 from a citizen reporting the traffic collision.

When they arrived, emergency first responders, found the victim inside his mangled vehicle, which was described as a black pickup truck. The victim had sustained major traumatic injuries in the collision.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before AMR medics transported him to Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Riverside. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

During their investigation, officials called for the temporary closure of eastbound traffic on Magnolia Avenue, to ensure the safety of emergency first responders at the scene of the accident.

Officers from the Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and are investigating the fatal wreck. They were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

During their preliminary investigation officers determined the victim was traveling eastbound on Magnolia Avenue when his vehicle left the roadway for an unknown reason and struck a utility pole.

It was not immediately known if alcohol or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the fatal accident.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the deadly crash is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.