Coachella man, 39, killed when struck by train

THERMAL — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a train in an unincorporated area of Coachella Valley, between Mecca and Thermal, Thursday morning, Dec. 27. The deadly collision happened near the intersection of Avenue 62 and Grapefruit Blvd., according to fire and coroner officials.


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Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Crescenio Carrasco, 39, of Coachella, as the man who died when he was hit. According to a coroner’s release, Carrasco succumbed to his injuries at the scene and was pronounced deceased about 15 minutes after the accident was reported at 11:25 a.m.

Deputies assigned to Thermal Sheriff’s Station began investigating Thursday deadly collision around 11:10 a.m., after receiving reports of a man struck by a train.

When deputies and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene they determined Carrasco had sustained fatal injuries and was already deceased.

Thermal Station deputies are investigating the circumstances that led to Carrasco’s death. Their investigation is ongoing and officials have not released any further details.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or who witnessed the incident and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Thermal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 863-8990. Callers can refer to incident file number C183610015 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.