Reckless driving leads to fatal Moreno Valley crash

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say speeding and reckless driving led to a fatal, solo-vehicle traffic accident in Moreno Valley late Saturday evening, May 1. The deadly crash happened at the “T” intersection of Kitching Street and Sunnymead Boulevard.

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Deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 11 p.m., after receiving reports of the crash, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Narciso has since said.

Responding officials arrived within minutes and discovered the collision involved a Toyota Corolla with major front-end damage that had crashed into a wall at high speed. 

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“The single occupant adult male driver was pronounced deceased by on-scene medic personnel,” explained Narciso.

The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

Members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team assumed the investigation and determined the driver had been driving in a reckless manner while traveling northbound on Kitching Street, toward the “T” intersection of Sunnymead Boulevard.

Unable to stop in time due to his speed, the driver plowed head-on into the sound retaining wall on the north side of the intersection.

The roadway was closed for approximately four hours while deputies and other officials worked at the scene.

Deputies are still working to determine if alcohol and/or drug intoxication were contributing factors in this collision, according to the Sergeant.

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Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Galbreath of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6700, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV211210346 and 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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