Fleeing minor crash, man fatally hits teen on ATV, flees again
MEAD VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a man who was fleeing the scene of a non-injury crash involving a second vehicle ran over and killed a teen who was riding a quad in Perris residential neighborhood Thursday evening, April 1.
Although the suspect then fled the scene of that collision, which happened in the 20700 block of Myron Street, between Mead and Alexander streets, he was located and arrested the following day.
California Highway Patrol Officer Juan Quintero today told RCNS that a Perris man, 55-year-old, Froylan Francoarquet, was booked into jail on felony charges of murder and hit and run resulting in death.
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According to Quintero, CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire-Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the neighborhood just before 8 p.m. after receiving reports of a major injury hit and run involving a vehicle and quad.
When officials arrived they found a 17-year-old who sustained major traumatic injuries and had passed away at the scene prior to their arrival. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to Quintero.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the victim as Axel Perez. A coroner’s release indicated the Perris teen was pronounced deceased at 8:09 p.m.
An officer who was already investigating a misdemeanor hit and run approximately two blocks from the scene of the deadly collision responded to the scene and quickly determined that the suspect vehicle involved in the hit and run he was already investigating was the vehicle that had fatally struck the teen.
CHP’s subsequent investigation led to the identification and arrest the following day of Francoarquet, according to Quintero.
Online jail records indicate Francoarquet remains in custody and is being held without bail.
Anyone who may have witnessed any part of this incident is encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol’s Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000. Callers can refer to incident file number F187-840-21 and 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 (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.