“Laying and standing” in Riverside street, man killed by vehicle that fled the scene

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A man who witnesses later reported had been seen “laying and standing in the path of oncoming cars” in Riverside was eventually struck by a vehicle whose driver then fled the scene of the fatal collision Monday evening, Feb. 15.

The deadly accident happened on Jurupa Avenue, about 200 feet west of Florence Street, according to Riverside Police Department and coroner officials. 

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City of Riverside Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 7:45 p.m., after the City’s Public Safety Communications Center received several calls reporting an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian, RPD has since reported.

Officials say a man who was seen standing and laying in the roadway, as if trying to get hit by a vehicle, was fatally struck by a car that then fled the scene in Riverside. Johnny Lopez/Lone Wolf Media photo

When officials arrived they found a gravely injured man down in the roadway. Despite life-saving efforts, the victim sustained major injuries and passed away at the scene, according to RPD.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Hector Cardenas, 31, of Ontario, as the man killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 7:54 p.m.

During their preliminary investigation, officers learned from witnesses that Cardenas was seen “laying and standing in the roadway in the path of oncoming traffic,” explained RPD.

Witnesses also described that as Cardenas continued standing in the roadway a silver Subaru Impreza, which had been traveling westbound on Jurupa Avenue, struck the erratically behaving man in the westbound lanes of Jurupa Avenue.

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“After the collision occurred, the Subaru fled the scene westbound towards Van Buren Boulevard,” said officials; who added, “At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor.”

Riverside PD is continuing to search for the driver who fled the scene and have asked the person to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Riverside Police Traffic Detective J. Derouin at (951) 826-8722 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 21-0004659 and can remain anonymous.

Johnny Lopez/Lone Wolf Media video and photos



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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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 and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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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