Nuevo toddler, 2, ID’d after fatally struck by vehicle

NUEVO, Calif. — Officials say a toddler was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in the unincorporated community of Nuevo east of Perris, Friday evening, July 24.

The deadly accident happened in front of a private residence on the 28000 block of Lakeview Ave., near Nuevo Rd., according to California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire-Riverside officials.


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CHP, Cal Fire-Riverside, AMR, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 8:30 p.m., after receiving reports of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.

Officials have identified 2-year-old, Samuel Rodriguez as the victim killed when he was struck by a vehicle in front of a Nuevo home Friday evening. Elena Martinez/GoFundMe photo

When officials arrived they found witnesses and good Samaritans providing CPR and performing other life-saving efforts to a toddler who was down in the roadway.

Although paramedics took over efforts to save the child and rushed him to an area trauma center, he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the victim as Samuel Rodriguez, 2, of Nuevo. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 10:16 p.m.

CHP has not specified what may have led to the deadly accident, but no arrests have been reported.


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Saying, “We appreciate any help,” the victim’s family has since created a GoFundMe account to raise funds for Rodriguez’ burial costs and other expenses.

Family and friends will also be holding a fundraising car wash at El Comal in Nuevo. The fundraiser will begin at noon tomorrow, Monday July 27. The restaurant is located at 29580 Nuevo Rd.

CHP’s investigation to determine the cause of the fatal crash is ongoing and no further details have been released.

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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.