Minor injuries reported after Hemet rollover crash

HEMET — A woman walked away with only minor injuries after a rollover crash in Hemet Friday evening, Oct. 25. The solo-vehicle accident happened on the 2900 block of S. Hewitt St. near Park Ave.


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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department and AMR medics were dispatched to the scene of the accident around 6:10 p.m., after receiving reports of an SUV that crashed. 911 callers reported the vehicle had smashed through a fence and rolled onto its side, and that an elderly female driver was possibly trapped inside the overturned vehicle.

Officials work at the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover accident that reportedly left an elderly driver with minor injuries. Miguel Shannon/OC Hawk photo

When officials arrived they found a heavily damaged burgundy SUV on its side and set about rescuing the driver from inside the wrecked vehicle.

Paramedics were seen treating the victim and sole occupant from the vehicle at the scene, but it was not immediately known if she was transported to a hospital for further treatment. Witnesses said despite the heavy damage caused to her vehicle, the victim appeared OK and was seen walking around after being pulled from her SUV.

Officers who investigated the cause of the rollover accident determined the driver was traveling northbound on S. Hewitt St. from Park Ave. when she lost control of her SUV. As the vehicle careened out of control, it first crashed into a trash can then plowed through a fence, before overturning and coming to rest on its side.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no other injuries were reported.

Hemet PD is investigating the cause of the crash and their accident investigation is ongoing.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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.