Video captures deadly Valle Vista rollover crash with ejection
VALLE VISTA, Calif. — A man was fatally ejected after his SUV overturned multiple times in the unincorporated community of Valle Vista east of Hemet early this morning, Tuesday, June 8. The deadly, solo-vehicle crash happened along a sweeping curve in the area of Cedar/Fairview Avenue and Volga Street.
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California Highway Patrol, along with CAL FIRE/Riverside firefighters, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 12:45 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting the rollover accident.
A CHP incident log indicated one of the 911 callers reported hearing a vehicle “explode”, while others reported that an SUV had rolled multiple times, ejecting the vehicle’s driver and sole-occupant.
Firefighters and paramedics perform life-saving measures on a man who later succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He sustained major traumatic head injuries when he was ejected from his SUV in Valle Vista early this morning. Eddie George/Hemet News photo
When officials began arriving they found a wrecked white Ford Expedition that had overturned several times before coming to rest upside down along Fairview Avenue, between Tiber and Volga streets.
Vehicle parts and debris, along with work equipment and personal items, were scattered across the entire roadway and shoulder, where the critically injured victim was also discovered. The victim sustained major head trauma and despite life saving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of his family.
Evidence at the scene indicated the Ford was traveling eastbound on Cedar/Fairview Avenue approaching Volga Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it began overturning.
Video captured by a nearby home’s surveillance camera, (which can be viewed below), showed that the SUV appeared to overturn as many as six times, fatally ejecting the male driver before coming to rest between Volga and Tiber streets.
Home surveillance footage obtained by Hemet News, (which can be viewed below), showed the victim’s SUV overturned as many as six times, fatally ejecting the driver and sole-occupant. Eddie George/Hemet News photo
It was not immediately known if the victim had been wearing a seat belt when the deadly crash occurred.
CHP’s investigation is continuing and officials have not yet determined if alcohol and or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the fatal accident.
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.