UPDATE: Palo Cedro man, 77, ID’d after deadly SR-299E crash

UPDATED: Monday Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m., With Coroner’s release of information.

Originally Published: Sunday, Aug. 30, 12:30 p.m.

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Officials have identified a man killed in a Shasta County solo-vehicle crash Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

The deadly accident happened on SR-299E, between Oak Run and Buzzard Roost roads, between the Intermountain communities of Oak Run and Montgomery Creek, according to CHP and Coroner officials.


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CHP and other emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash around 11:47 a.m., after receiving reports of a solo-vehicle accident involving a grey pickup truck, a CHP representative told SCNS this afternoon.

When officials arrived, medical personnel determined the victim, since identified as 77-year-old, John Franklin Stapp, of Palo Cedro, had already succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

“The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and the postmortem examination has
been completed,” Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Stonehouse reported in a Sept. 14 release.

CHP’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the deadly crash is encouraged to contact CHP-Redding at (530) 242-3210. Callers can refer to incident file number M00513520 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.