Motorcyclist seriously injured in Redding crash
REDDING, Calif. — A motorcyclist suffered major injuries when he plowed into the back of a pickup truck in Redding Monday morning, Nov. 2. The motorcyclist was “accelerating rapidly” when the accident occurred on East Cypress Avenue east of Churn Creek Road, according to officials.
The crash was the second of two motorcycle accidents that happened within thirty minutes and about one mile of each other in Redding Tuesday morning. The first, solo-vehicle crash happened in the area of Hartnell Avenue and Shotwick Trail.
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City of Redding Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the collision just before 10:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and pickup truck, Redding Police Sergeant Montgomery later said of the accident.
When officials arrived they found the motorcyclist, since identified as Zachary Aaron Miller, 25, of Redding, down in the roadway with major traumatic injuries. He was rushed by ground ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment. His current condition was not immediately available.
According to witnesses, Miller was riding a Honda CBR motorcycle westbound on East Cypress Avenue, “accelerating rapidly” just before the crash.
Due to Miller’s excessive speed, when a GMC pickup truck attempted to make a left-hand turn onto eastbound East Cypress Avenue from a Safeway parking lot, Miller was unable to avoid striking the rear quarter panel of the pickup truck and was thrown from his motorcycle.
The driver and sole occupant of the pickup, who was uninjured in the collision, was identified as Bruce Alan Teren, 77, of Whitmore.
“It does not appear alcohol was a factor in this collision,” said Montgomery; who added that Miller was wearing his helmet and Teren was wearing his seatbelt at the time of collision.
Redding PD’s accident investigation is ongoing.
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Montgomery later used the opportunity to remind motorcycle riders to “obey the rules of the road, and to ride defensively and safely.” He also reminded drivers to “share the road with motorcycle riders, and to take that extra moment to look for them when entering traffic or changing lanes.”
Anyone with further information or who witnessed this collision and has not yet provided a statement to authorities is encouraged to contact Officer Mack at the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R072704 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.