Struck by flying tire dislodged from van, Porsche passenger killed on SR-91 in Corona

CORONA, Calif. — Authorities say the passenger of a Porsche was killed after he was struck by a wheel that came loose from a passenger van while traveling on SR-91 in Corona early Sunday evening, April 25. The fatal accident happened west of Lincoln Avenue, according to officials.

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California Highway Patrol, Corona Fire Department, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 5:08 p.m. after receiving reports of a traffic collision that was blocking the lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway, CHP Public  Information Officer Juan Quintero has since said of the deadly incident.

When officials arrived they found the passenger of a silver, Porsche 911 critically injured and unresponsive.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to Quintero. Despite life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

The victim’s name and age have not been released, pending notification of his family.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the left, front wheel and tire of a green, Ford Econoline, which was traveling eastbound on SR-91 just west of Lincoln, became dislodged,” Quintero explained.

“The wheel and tire traveled over the center divider, across the express lanes and into the front windshield of the Porsche, which was traveling in the westbound number 1 lane of SR-91, west of Lincoln Avenue.”

“The wheel and tire struck the right front passenger, who was traveling in the Porsche,” Quintero continued; adding that neither the driver of the Porsche or any of the occupants from the Ford were injured in the fatal incident.

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The accident and subsequent investigation temporarily blocked three westbound lanes, as well as the Lincoln onramp to freeway, which caused significant delays in travel times for area residents and evening commuters.

CHP’s investigation is ongoing, according to Quintero.

Any witnesses who may have observed the incident are encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol, Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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



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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