Hemet motorcyclist killed in crash with car & big rig

WINCHESTER, Calif. — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed after first hitting a passenger vehicle and then being struck head-on by a tractor-trailer hauling an oversized load of half of a manufactured home yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The fatal accident happened in the 26000 block of Winchester Road/SR-79 near Stetson Ave., between Simpson Road and Highway 74.

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Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Kendal Hornback, 54, of Hemet, as the motorcyclist killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:33 p.m.

According to a CHP incident log and official radio traffic at the time, CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 1:23 p.m., after receiving reports of the crash.

A 54-year-old Hemet motorcyclist was killed while traveling on SR-79 in Winchester after reportedly hitting a Honda, swerving into oncoming traffic, and being struck head-on by an oncoming big rig. RVC News photos

911 callers reported that a northbound motorcyclist had struck the back of a black Honda before swerving into oncoming traffic where he was hit by one of two oncoming big-rigs carrying two halves of a manufactured home.

The accident left both directions of travel blocked and led to a Sig-Alert and the hours-long closure of Winchester Road between Stetson Avenue and Highway 74, while officials worked at the scene.

CHP’s investigation is ongoing and anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement to authorities is asked to contact CHP – San Gorgonio Pass Area Office at (951) 769-2000. Callers can refer to incident file number IC00152 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.

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