Victim ID’d after car ripped in half on SR-60 Christmas morning

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — CHP says intoxicated driving is suspected after a solo-vehicle wreck in Moreno Valley that killed a man Christmas morning, Dec. 25.

There were no known witnesses to the deadly accident, which happened sometime during the overnight hours along the eastbound SR-60, about a half-mile east of Moreno Beach Drive.


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California Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel responded to the scene around 7 a.m., after receiving reports of a solo-vehicle traffic accident involving a vehicle that smashed into a pole, according to Cal Fire-Riverside officials.

When officials arrived they found a dark-colored Ford Mustang that was wrapped around a pole and had ripped into two pieces.

A coroner investigator and tow truck driver work at the scene of the fatal Christmas morning crash. Lone Wolf Media/OnScene TV photo

“The car was cold to the touch and they have no idea when the accident initially took place due to the scarcity of traffic overnight,” a Lone Wolf Media/OnScene TV videographer later said of the deadly wreck.

Firefighters found one male occupant who had already succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have identified Bryan Hill, 47, of Los Angeles, as the man who died in the crash. A coroner’s release indicated Hill was pronounced deceased at 7:06 a.m.; however, officials could not specify the time of the deceased man’s injuries, which remain under investigation.


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Although CHP’s investigation is continuing, an officer at the scene said DUI was suspected to be a contributing factor in the deadly crash.

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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.