Hemet man killed after San Bernardino motorcycle crash

SAN BERNARDINO — A Hemet man died after losing control of his motorcycle Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 25. The deadly, solo-vehicle wreck happened in the city of San Bernardino, on Highway 18, about three and a half miles north of 40th St.


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Emergency personnel responded to the accident at 12:18 p.m., after receiving reports of a crash near Inspiration Point, according to officials.

25-year-old, Paul Douglas Kirk, was rushed to St. Bernardine Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by emergency room staff at 1:24 p.m.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined Kirk had been traveling northbound on Hwy. 18 at an unknown speed when he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway, San Bernardino County Coroner officials later explained.

After losing control, Kirk slid into a guard rail and suffered major traumatic injuries that resulted in his death a little more than an hour later.

San Bernardino Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the investigation or who witnessed the deadly crash is encouraged to contact SBPD at (909) 384-5742.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; 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 28 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 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.