TEMECULA: One killed, two injured in two car accident

TEMECULA – One person was killed and two others were injured in a two car traffic collision Thursday, Feb. 23. The fatal accident happened in the area of Montelegro Way and Leena Way in Temecula.

Montelegro Way is a sweeping loop surrounding a residential neighborhood south of Pauba Road and east of Meadows Parkway. The speed limit on the street is 40 mph.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police station responded to reports of the crash about 6:08 p.m., after several people called 911 to report the collision.

When deputies and other emergency first responders arrived, they located three people who were injured in the wreck.

The driver of one of the two involved vehicles sustained major traumatic injuries and she was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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

The deceased victim’s passenger was transported to the hospital with severe head trauma, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Christolon said after the accident. The driver of the sedan that smashed into the victim’s vehicle was transported to the hospital with complaints of pain.

Based on the circumstances, members of Temecula PD’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the deadly accident.

During their initial investigation, deputies determined “a sedan traveling northbound on Montelegro Way collided with a second sedan that was turning southbound on Montelegro Way, from Leena Way,” according to Christolon.

The intersection was closed for several hours while deputies investigated the fatal collision.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Deputy Opice at the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000. Callers can refer to incident file number TE170540177 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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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.