Two dead after fiery rollover wreck in Redding

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say two people were killed after a vehicle they were in overturned, crashed into a building, and burst into flames early Saturday morning, July 25.

Officials say excessive speed was a contributing factor in the deadly crash, which happened on the 2100 block of East St. 

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Redding Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene at 1:06 a.m., after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a single vehicle traffic accident, Redding Police Sgt. Montgomery later said of the deadly accident.

Officers began arriving at the scene within minutes of the dispatched call and reported finding a grey Ford Fusion on its roof and fully engulfed in flames in the parking lot of a business under construction. 

After firefighters extinguished the blaze, officials located two deceased victims inside the car.

Neither victim has been identified, pending further investigation and notification of their families.

Officers who investigated the cause of the fatal crash determined that based on evidence located at the scene, the vehicle had been traveling northbound on S. Market St. (State Route 273) “at a very high rate of speed” just before the crash.

“The driver was unable negotiate the slight bend in the roadway north of Cypress Ave. and struck the raised center median dividing Pine St. and East St.,” explained Montgomery. “The vehicle continued northbound, striking a construction fence before colliding with the south side of the business.”

There were no witnesses to the collision according to Montgomery, who said it was not yet known if alcohol or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the crash.

Anyone who witnessed this accident and has not yet provided a statement to officials is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530)225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R046109 and can remain anonymous.

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


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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.

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