SJ man, 32, killed in crash that injured 2 others

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Authorities say one person was killed and two others were injured after a two-vehicle crash in San Jacinto early Saturday morning, Sept. 5.

The deadly accident, which forced the hours-long closure of the roadway, happened at the intersection of Esplanade Ave. and Hewitt St.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside County Fire Department and AMR personnel, responded to the intersection just after 4:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a two-vehicle traffic collision, according to sheriff’s and Cal Fire officials.

When officials arrived they found three victims from two vehicles, including one who was trapped and seriously injured and required extrication from their wrecked vehicle.

Officials worked throughout the morning and into the early afternoon at the of a two-vehicle crash that left one person dead and injured two others. Valaurie Speck photo

AMR medics eventually transported all three victims to area hospitals, where despite life-saving efforts one of the victims succumbed to his injuries and passed away. The two other victims’ injuries were described as moderate.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the person killed in the crash as Angel Rodriguez, 32, of San Jacinto.

A coroner’s release indicate Rodriguez was pronounced deceased by medical staff at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley at 7:05 a.m.

Members of the San Jacinto Station’s Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Heath.

“They are conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision,” said Heath; adding, “Currently, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.”

During the investigation, Esplanade Ave. and Hewitt St. were closed in both directions and the intersection and roads remained closed for several hours.

The sheriff’s investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Wheeler at the San Jacinto Station at (951) 654-2702. Callers can refer to incident file number I202499914 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 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.


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