Murrieta man, 23, ID’d after fatal Wildomar crash

WILDOMAR — A driver died in a solo-vehicle crash in Wildomar yesterday afternoon, Sunday, April 28, after his vehicle left the roadway and plowed through several stationary objects before smashing head-on into a cinder block wall. Yesterday’s deadly crash happened on Bundy Canyon Rd., west of Almond St., near Elsinore High School.

Although their investigation is ongoing, alcohol or drug intoxication may be contributing factors in the fatal accident, according to sheriff’s officials investigating the cause of the crash.


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Deputies assigned to Wildomar Police Department, along with other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene about 5:24 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Jimenez later reported.

When officials arrived, they found a Mazda 3 that had “left the roadway, impacted a street sign, a chain link fence and then collided with a cinder block wall,” Jimenez described.

Murrieta resident Brandon Brown died at the scene after plowing head-on into a cinder brick wall. Bridgette Moore photo

The driver, later identified as Brandon Brown, 23, of Murrieta, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 5:31 p.m.

Based on the circumstances, Lake Elsinore Station’s Traffic Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation into the cause of the collision.

During their investigation, deputies called for the temporary closure of both directions of Bundy Canyon Rd. and the roadway was reopened about five hours later.

Anyone with further information about this investigation or who witnessed the crash and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Deputy Willow at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number WI191180040 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Although the sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, officials have said alcohol or drug intoxication could be contributing factors in the deadly crash. Mina Falcon photo

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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.