Menifee man, 19, ID’d after deadly Jurupa Valley crash

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a Menifee man was killed after a solo-vehicle crash in Jurupa Valley, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a pair of metal utility meter cages before overturning and plowing into a tree Thursday evening, Dec. 10.

The deadly accident happened in front of Pavement Recycling Systems, directly adjacent Riverside County Fire Station 17, on San Sevaine Way near Wabash Drive, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and AMR, were dispatched to the location about 9:40 p.m., after receiving reports of a single-vehicle traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Lemsisanith later said of the deadly crash.

When officials arrived they found a compact vehicle that had crashed into two utility meter protectors and a tree. They also found the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle with critical injuries, who had already succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

A deputy is seen assessing the damage to two utility meter cages that were destroyed in last night’s fatal crash. RVC News photo

The victim was trapped inside the mangle wreckage of his overturned car, which was wedged against the tree and had to be flipped back onto its wheels so firefighters could extricate his body from the destroyed car.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Ricardo Aguilar Jr., 19, of Menifee, as the man killed in the crash. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 9:48 p.m.

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Members of the Jurupa Valley Station Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation, according to Lemsisanith; who added, “At this time, it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision.”

While officials worked at the scene, portions of San Sevaine Way were closed for the duration of the investigation. The roadway has since been reopened.

San Sevaine Way was closed at Wabash Drive for several hours while deputies and other officials worked at the scene. RVC News photo

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to called Deputy Klemme at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number JV203450206 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.