Man skateboarding in Hemet traffic fatally struck by car

HEMET, Calif. — For the second time in as many days, a person was fatally struck by a car in Hemet early Saturday morning, Oct. 31. The fatal collision happened on the 600 block of N. San Jacinto St., between E. Oakland and E. Menlo avenues.

Both fatal accidents involved victims who were not near or using crosswalks, according to officials and witnesses; some of whom said that the most recent victim was either walking or skateboarding within the lanes of traffic when he was struck.

Yesterday’s deadly early morning collision followed another fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident that occurred less than a mile away on Thursday evening, Oct 29. The victim of that incident has since been identified as 29-year-old, Hemet resident, Lorenzo Padilla.


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City of Hemet Police and Fire departments along with AMR responded to area around 1:25 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting a traffic collision involving a pedestrian, Hemet Police Lt. Eric Dickson said in response to a request for information and details about the two fatal accidents.

“The reporting party told dispatch that a male subject was obviously injured and that he was still down in the roadway,” Dickson explained.

A section of San Jacinto St. in Hemet was closed for about six hours while officials investigated the death of a man who was either walking or skateboarding within the lanes of traffic early yesterday morning. Will Whelan/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

When officials began arriving at the scene they quickly located a male pedestrian down in the number two northbound lane of San Jacinto St.

The driver that struck the victim remained at the scene and was found nearby “and cooperated fully with the investigating officers,” according to Dickson.

Despite life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene. His name has not yet been released, pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Due to the fatality, Hemet PD Traffic Division investigators were summoned and ultimately assumed the investigation.

During their preliminary investigation officials determined that the pedestrian, who was wearing all dark clothing, was “either walking or possibly skateboarding” near the center of the number two northbound lane of N. San Jacinto St. just before he was struck, according to Dickson.

The victim was then struck by a driver who was traveling northbound in the same lane as the walking or skateboarding man.

“DUI is not suspected on behalf of the driver of the vehicle,” according to Dickson; who added,  “It is not known if the pedestrian was intoxicated.”


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While officials worked at the scene they called for the closure of San Jacinto St. between Oakland and Menlo avenues. The roadway was reopened approximately six hours later.

Hemet PD’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with further information or who witnessed the deadly incident is encouraged to contact Hemet PD’s Traffic Division at (951) 765-2400. Callers 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.