Pedestrian dies after Moreno Valley hit and run

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities are investigating a Moreno Valley hit and run that killed a pedestrian early Sunday morning, June 21.

The deadly incident, which happened on Fir Ave. near Cognac Ln., caused the hours-long closure of the roadway and officials are still searching for the driver who struck the victim before fleeing the scene.


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Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies along with other emergency personnel were dispatched to the area about 2 a.m., after receiving reports of an injured pedestrian down in the middle of the roadway, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Kaas has since reported.

When officials arrived they found a severely injured pedestrian in the roadway who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.

The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with major injuries; however, despite life-saving efforts the victim later succumbed to their injuries and passed away.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released, pending identification and notification of the person’s family.

During their subsequent investigation deputies called for the temporary closure of Fir Ave, and all vehicles were diverted away from the scene of the fatal collision. The roadway was re-opened around 5 a.m.

Deputies are continuing to search for the driver who fled the scene after fatally hitting the pedestrian and it is unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol intoxication were contributing factors in the deadly collision.

Anyone having further knowledge or information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Chris Loucks of the Moreno Valley Station Traffic Team at (951) 486-6832, or after hours at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV201730057 and can remain anonymous.

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

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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.