UPDATE: Victim, 18, ID’d after deadly Riverside crash

UPDATED: Friday, Jan. 29, 2:16 p.m., With release of coroner’s information, other details.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities say a man was killed and two women were seriously injured when their vehicle lost control and smashed into a tree in Riverside late Saturday evening, Jan. 23. The deadly crash happened in the area of Arlington and Riverside avenues, according to Riverside PD and coroner officials.

Saturday’s crash followed on the heels of another fatal, solo-vehicle traffic accident in Riverside, which happened earlier the same morning when a Nissan 350Z struck a light pole in the area of Van Buren Boulevard and Mason Street.

Both deadly accidents involved 18-year-old drivers.


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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 11:50 p.m., after the City’s Public Safety Communication Center received several reports of a single-vehicle traffic collision, Riverside PD later reported.

When officials arrived they found a heavily-damaged, white 2005 Ford F150 that had struck a tree. Firefighters found three victims trapped inside the mangled wreckage of the pickup truck.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free three victims of a solo-vehicle wreck involving a pickup truck in Riverside. The driver, Ty Owings, 18, of Costa Mesa died at the scene, according to officials. OC Hawk photos

While officers investigated the cause of the accident firefighters used the Jaws of Life to perform a cut and rescue operation to free the injured victims from inside the truck.

The driver of the Ford sustained major injuries in the crash and despite life-saving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the victim as Ty Owings, 18, of Costa Mesa. A coroner’s release indicated Owings was pronounced deceased at 12:20 a.m.

Two female passengers from the vehicle were transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital with moderate to major injuries. Their current conditions were not known as of this update.

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During their preliminary investigation officers determined Owings was exiting the westbound 91 Freeway at Arlington Avenue when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle; which continued off of the roadway and collided with a tree, according to Riverside PD.

Fire and rescue personnel are seen rushing one of the victims to a waiting ambulance after Saturday evening’s deadly accident. OC Hawk photo

As of this update, officials were still working to determine if drug and/or alcohol intoxication may have been contributing factors in the deadly wreck.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to call Riverside Police Traffic Detective G. Anderson at (951) 826-8723 or by email.

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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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network.

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.