4 hospitalized after Vail Lake golf cart crash

VAIL LAKE, Calif. — Four people have been hospitalized after a solo-vehicle accident involving a golf cart at Vail Lake Village & RV Resort. The private campground is located about five miles east Temecula city limits, heading toward Anza and Aguanga.

This morning’s accident was similar to another, fatal crash involving a golf cart at the same resort last July. In that crash, a “modified and lifted” golf cart tumbled down a steep embankment. That crash killed the allegedly intoxicated driver and seriously injured his passenger.


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CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the campground on the 38000 block of Highway 79, shortly before 11 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting the crash.

Although officials have not specified the nature of the accident or what may have led to the crash, responding officials found four people who were all injured. Firefighter-paramedics treated the victims before all four were rushed to area hospitals.

Although officials have not specified the extent of the victims’ injuries, they were severe enough that paramedics accompanied AMR medics inside the ambulances as the victims were transported from the scene.


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According to the campground’s website, off-road motorcycles, ATV’s, and side-by-side UTV’s are not allowed within the campground, but golf carts are allowed to be driven by licensed drivers. Although helmets are required for anyone 17-years-old and younger, they are not required to be worn by adults.

Additionally, all golf carts approved for use within the campground are required to stay on “established paved roads,” the resort’s website explains.

CHP is investigating the cause of the crash and officials have not ruled out alcohol or drug intoxication as possible contributing factors to the collision. Their investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available

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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.