Idyllwild motorcyclist, former HHS wrestling coach, ID’d after deadly Moreno Valley crash

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed after a collision involving a passenger van in an unincorporated area of Moreno Vally north of San Jacinto Saturday morning, March 3.

Although very few details have been reported, the deadly crash happened at the intersection of Gilman Springs Road and Bridge Street, according to a Cal Fire-Riverside social media release.

Saturday morning’s crash was the first of two fatal accidents involving motorcycle riders in southwest Riverside County the same day, followed by a second, solo-vehicle, deadly accident in Perris later in the afternoon.


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California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire-Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the area at just after 8 a.m. after receiving reports of a rider down following a two-vehicle traffic collision.

When officials arrived they found an accident scene involving a motorcycle and van. Despite life-saving measures, the motorcycle rider succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene, according to Cal Fire.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials have since identified the rider killed in the collision as Aaron Rhoades, 45, of Idyllwild. A coroner’s release indicated Rhoades was pronounced deceased at 8:20 a.m.

Rhoades was well known and thoroughly respected throughout the Hemet and San Jacinto valley from his years working as a walk-on, volunteer wrestling coach at Hemet High School, where his wife is still listed as a wrestling coach on the school’s website.

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No other injuries reported, according to Cal Fire, who reported the cause of Saturday’s crash remains under investigation.

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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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