UPDATE: Couple killed in Riverside crash ID’d

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 9, 12:36 p.m., With coroner’s release of information

Originally Published: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a Riverside couple was killed in a solo-vehicle traffic accident when they lost control of their vehicle and plowed into a utility pole before hitting a building late Friday evening, Nov. 6.

Officials say the involved vehicle was being driven at a high rate of speed just prior to the deadly accident, which occurred in the area of 3rd and Commerce streets.


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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel responded to the scene around 11:20 p.m., after receiving reports of a single vehicle traffic collision, according to a Riverside PD social media release.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene they determined both the driver and passenger had already succumbed to their injuries and passed away. 

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials have since identified the couple killed in the crash as 24-year-old, Fabian Ranero, and 22-year-old, Lizette Gonzalez. Both were Riverside residents. A coroner’s release indicate both were pronounced deceased at the scene at 11:36

Based on the circumstances, officers from the Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) were called to the scene and assumed the crash investigation.

During their investigation officers interviewed a witness, who said the vehicle, a 2006 Nissan Altima, was traveling West on 3rd St. at a high rate of speed when it careened off the roadway and collided with a wood utility pole and commercial building.

Riverside PD’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this collision or who witnessed the fatal accident and has not yet provided a statement to authorities is urged to contact Riverside Police Traffic Detective J. Derouin at (951) 826-8722 or by email.

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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.