TEMECULA: Bicyclist, struck by pickup truck yesterday, dies at hospital

TEMECULA – A bicyclist has died after he was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday evening, April 26. The deadly accident happened in the area of Temecula and Pechanga Parkways in Temecula. Despite life-saving efforts, the bicyclist succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by medical staff at the hospital the today, Thursday, April 27.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending notification of the man’s family.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police Station responded to the accident about 8:52 pm, after emergency dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting a major-injury traffic collision involving the bicyclist and the truck, Riverside County Sergeant William Pratt explained in a written press release after the accident.

When emergency first responders arrived at the scene, they found the bicyclist down in the roadway. Medical personnel quickly determined victim had sustained major, traumatic injuries in the collision. Firefighter/paramedics treated the victim at the scene, before AMR medics transported the man to an area hospital. He was listed in grave condition.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula PD’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their investigation, Traffic Unit members determined “a pickup truck turning right from Temecula Parkway to Pechanga Parkway collided with a bicyclist,” Pratt explained.

“There are no initial indications alcohol played a role in the collision,” said Pratt.

Part of the intersection was closed to traffic for several hours while officials conducted an investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident or who witnessed the deadly collision is urged to contact Officer Carpenter at the Temecula Police Department at (951) 696-3000. Callers can refer to incident file number TE171160196 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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 and breaking his back in an off-duty 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 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.