Motorcyclist dead after New Year’s Eve crash in Jones Valley

JONES VALLEY, Calif. — A motorcyclist was killed after a solo-vehicle crash on Bear Mountain Road near Hidden Valley Drive in the unincorporated Jones Valley area north of Bella Vista New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31.


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California Highway Patrol officers and Shasta County sheriff’s deputies, along with Cal Fire-Shasta and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene shortly before midnight, according to a CHP incident log and official radio traffic at the time.

When officials arrived they found a motorcycle off the roadway with a downed and mortally injured rider nearby.

CHP says a motorcyclist has died after a solo-vehicle crash in the Jones Valley area late New Year’s Eve. Adam McAllister/KRCR News Channel 7 photo

Although the motorcyclist had been wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, the rider sustained critical injuries and passed away at the scene.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

CHP later told KRCR News Channel 7 that a man was riding a motorcycle southbound on Bear Mountain when he ran off the road and was thrown from the motorcycle.


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CHP has not ruled out alcohol or drug intoxication or a medical crisis as possible contributing factors in the accident and their investigation into the cause of last night’s deadly crash is ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnesses the accident and has not yet provided a statement is encourged to contact CHP – Redding at (530) 225-0500. Callers 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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