2 children, 1 adult critical, 3 others hospitalized after Perris DUI wreck

PERRIS, Calif. — Two juveniles and one adult were critically injured in a two-vehicle, head-on, rollover crash in Perris that sent three others to area hospitals with serious injuries early New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.

Officials say one of the involved drivers was under the influence and was arrested for DUI after the major-injury collision, which happened in the area of Mapes Road and A Street.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 7 p.m., after receiving reports of a head-on collision with rollover and entrapment, according to sheriff and fire officials.

When officials arrived they found two heavily-damaged vehicles blocking the entire roadway, with vehicle parts and debris spread throughout the area. The vehicles were described as a passenger sedan and SUV.

A family of six, including four children were all injured, including two juveniles and an adult whose injuries were considered critical, after a DUI related crash in Perris on Christmas Eve. At least three others were hospitalized according to authorities who added that one driver was later arrested for DUI. RVC News photos

Although a Mercy Air Ambulance was initially summoned and launched to the scene, the helicopter was later canceled for unspecified reasons, according to a Cal Fire social media release.

Five people were found trapped and injured in one of the vehicles, while the driver and sole-occupant of the second vehicle also sustained serious injuries and was also reportedly hospitalized.

In addition to the critically injured children and adult in one of the two vehicles, three other people, including two additional children, suffered moderate to major injuries and all were hospitalized.

“One subject arrested for DUI,” Perris Station officials later reported; while not specifying the nature of that driver’s injuries or which vehicle the arrested individual had been driving.

No information about the person arrested for DUI was available as of this report.

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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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