DUI suspected in fatal Riverside motorcycle crash – Victim ID’d

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities investigating a fatal, solo-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle say alcohol intoxication is suspected to be a contributing factor in the deadly accident Sunday afternoon, June 28.


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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to Victoria Ave., west of John St. around 4:30 p.m., after the City’s Public Safety Dispatch Center received several 911 calls reporting a solo motorcycle traffic collision with injuries, Riverside Police Department has since said of the deadly crash.

When officials arrived they found the downed rider near a black 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle. 

“The motorcyclist suffered major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Riverside Fire personnel,” said RPD.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the victim as 35-year-old, Frank Escalera, of Riverside as the man killed in the crash. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 4:52 p.m.

Officers later determined Escalara was traveling westbound on Victoria Ave. when his motorcycle “left the roadway entering the dirt center divider, where he struck rose bushes and a palm tree,” explained RPD; adding, “At this time, alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor.”

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact Riverside Police Traffic Detective G. Matthews at (951) 826-8724 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 200016842 and can remain anonymous.

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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.