UPDATE: Man killed in Riverside crash ID’d

UPDATED: Wednesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m., With coroner’s release of information.

Originally Published: Monday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities have identified a man who passed away after his vehicle rammed into a Riverside light pole and fire hydrant early Saturday morning, Nov. 14. The solo-vehicle crash, which damaged the pole and dislodged a fire hydrant, happened at the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and Victoria Avenue.


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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel, along with other emergency responders, were dispatched to the scene around 1:30 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision, Riverside Police Department later reported.

When officials arrived they found a heavily damaged 2017 Toyota Prius that had first crashed into a light pole before smashing into a fire hydrant, sending a geyser of water about 50 feet into the air.

When officials arrived at the scene they found a Toyota that had smashed into a light pole and fire hydrant, sending a geyser of water 50 feet into the air. OC Hawk photo

Firefighters found the male driver and sole occupant trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his Toyota and paramedics determined the driver had succumbed to his injuries and passed away a short time after their arrival.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Daniel Gonzalez, 47, of Riverside, as the man killed in the single-vehicle crash. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:46 a.m.

Officers from the Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) were called to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their preliminary on-scene investigation, officers determined Gonzalez was traveling southbound on Van Buren Boulevard toward Victoria Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with the signal pole and fire hydrant.

Fire and police personnel work at the scene of Saturday morning’s fatal crash. OC Hawk photos

Officials have not ruled out alcohol or drug intoxication, and are still working to determine if Gonzalez suffered a medical crisis leading to the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this accident is urged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective Matthews at (951) 826-8724. Callers can refer to incident file number 200030094 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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