Seriously injured motorcyclist airlifted after Mountain Center crash

MOUNTAIN CENTER — A motorcyclist was airlifted with serious injuries after crashing while riding in the mountains south of Idyllwild, in Mountain Center earlier this afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 19. The solo-vehicle crash happened on Hwy. 74 near Keen Camp Rd.


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CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the major-injury crash around 12:15 p.m., when a park ranger notified emergency dispatchers regarding the accident. The ranger reported that multiple vehicles had stopped at the scene of the crash and good Samaritans were trying to work their way to the downed rider.

When officials arrived they determined the rider sustained major injuries and requested an air ambulance to the scene; at which time a Mercy helicopter was dispatched to the area.

The victim was eventually airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center. Their current condition was not immediately known.

CHP is investigating the cause of the solo-vehicle crash and their investigation is ongoing.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.