Driver killed in fiery Moreno Valley hit and run – Local man arrested

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a person was killed in a fiery wreck involving a driver who fled the scene of the deadly crash in Moreno Valley late Tuesday evening, May 25. The fatal collision happened at the intersection of Iris Avenue and Camino Flores, just east of Lasselle Street.

Although Sheriff’s officials have said the deceased driver caused the crash by running a red light at the intersection, a Moreno Valley man was later arrested for fleeing the scene of the deadly collision.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 11:47 p.m. after receiving reports of the fiery wreck, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant R. Grmusha has since reported.

When officials arrived they found a gold, 2005 Toyota Camry that was fully engulfed in flames.

Although officials could see a person in the burning vehicle, the victim was unresponsive. Due to the intensity of the flames, no rescue attempt could be made.

Fire officials spent about four hours cutting the roof off a vehicle and recovering a victim’s body after last night’s fiery collision that left one person dead. Moreno Valley News First photo

Cal Fire-Riverside firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the blaze; however, they spent the next four hours cutting off the destroyed vehicle’s roof so they could gain access to the driver and sole occupant of the burned Toyota. Once firefighters could access the victim they confirmed the person had already succumbed to their injuries and passed away.

The driver’s name has not been been released, pending positive identification and notification of the person’s family.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

As their investigation was getting underway, Traffic Team deputies determined the Toyota was traveling westbound on Iris Avenue when it failed to stop for a red signal light. At the same time, a silver, 2006 BMW 325i was turning left from eastbound Iris Avenue onto northbound Camino Flores.

As the BMW continued through the intersection, it struck the driver’s side of the Toyota. The impact caused the Toyota, which had just run the red stoplight, to careen into a light pole and burst into flames.

After the fiery wreck, the driver of the BMW abandoned his vehicle in the roadway and fled the area, according to Grmusha; who said the man was last seen running northbound on Camino Flores, beyond the view of witnesses.

As their investigation continued, deputies learned the BMW was registered to Jamal McCoy, 21, of Moreno Valley.


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Deputies responded to McCoy’s home where he was located and arrested. He was later booked into Riverside County Jail for felony hit and run, according to Grmusha; who said it was not yet known if drug or alcohol intoxication were contributing factors in the collision and that toxicology reports are pending.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Dustin Deanne of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6887 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV211450423 and can remain anonymous. Tipsters can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tips Online Form.

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.