One dead after ATV crash near Lakehead

LAKEHEAD, Calif. — Authorities have confirmed a person was killed after an all-terrain vehicle crash near the McCloud Bridge Day Use Area east of Lakehead, yesterday afternoon, Saturday, Feb. 28.

The fatal, solo-vehicle crash happened in the area of Gilman and Fenders Ferry roads, about 45 miles northeast of Redding.

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CHP and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 2 p.m. after a man called 911 to report the accident, according to a CHP incident log.

Due to the remote and hard to find area and despite assistance from a CHP aviation crew, responding personnel had a difficult time locating the 911 caller and scene of the crash and did not reach the location until about an hour after the accident was reported.

When officials arrived they reported finding a quad that had plummeted approximately 30 to 40 feet down an embankment, killing the rider.

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of the person’s family.

A wrecker was later called to the scene to recover the quad.

Although a CHP representative confirmed one person died as a result of the accident, no further information or details have been released regarding their ongoing investigation.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.



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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 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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