DUI suspected after Hemet motorcyclist, 34, hits big-rig head on

TEMECULA — A Hemet man was killed when he lost control of his speeding motorcycle and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer big-rig, Thursday evening, Jan. 30.

Alcohol intoxication was considered a contributing factor in the deadly crash, which happened on Hwy 79/Temecula Parkway, between Butterfield Stage and Anza roads, in an unincorporated area just east of Temecula, CHP has since reported.


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CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and AMR were dispatched to the collision around 6:30 p.m., according to CHP Officer Mike Lassig.

CHP’s subsequent investigation revealed that just before the deadly crash Jason Dreyer, 34, of Hemet, was riding his 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle on SR-79 at a high rate of speed.

According to Lassig, as Dreyer entered a right-hand curve in the roadway, he failed to negotiate the curve in the roadway and crossed over a set of solid double yellow lines directly in the path of a 2009 Volvo 3-axle tractor trailer combo being driven the opposite direction by a 48-year-old Escondido man.

“Dryer’s motorcycle collided directly into the big-rig’s front end,” Lassig explained after the deadly collision; saying the motorcyclist passed away at the scene.

A Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s release later indicated Dryer was pronounced deceased at 6:48 p.m.

The truck driver did not suffer any injuries.

Although CHP’s investigation is continuing, Lassig reported that alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the fatal collision.

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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.