Three injured, one airlifted, after pair of Anza motocross crashes

ANZA, Calif. — Authorities say three people were injured, including one person who was airlifted with serious back injuries, after two separate and unrelated motocross crashes in Anza yesterday morning, Wednesday, June 9th. The pair of accidents happened at Cahuilla Creek Motocross in the 50100 block of Hwy 371.

One of the crashes involved two riders who crashed into each other, with one rider and motorcycle landing on top of another rider, while making a jump during a practice ride. The injuries related to the first crash included one rider who suffered a broken clavicle and another who sustained serious back injuries with open wounds to his back and difficulty breathing. The other injury involved a rider who injured his wrist during a separate crash.


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CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the popular off-road track around 11:25 a.m. after receiving reports of an accident involving two riders.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they initially requested two air ambulances to the location, but later cancelled one of the airships after determining that only one victim needed to be airlifted.

The most seriously injured victim was airlifted to Riverside University Health System’s trauma center in Moreno Valley by Mercy Air with back and other injuries that CAL FIRE later described as serious. Another victim was transported by ground ambulance to Temecula Valley Hospital, while a third person who was injured and treated at the scene declined further medical treatment and was not transported.

One of the riders involved in the first crash, a Riverside County resident who requested to remain anonymous, has since told RCNS that she and the other rider were going over a jump when the accident occurred.

“A male rider and I were both on our dirt bikes, going over a jump,” the woman told RCNS today. “He was a little bit ahead of me and was on my left when his back tire ‘clipped’ the back of the jump.”

“His bike went left and he went right,” she explained.

“I was in mid-air and couldn’t do anything to change direction or avoid hitting him,” she continued; adding, “My back tire made contact with his back and I ended up getting thrown from my bike.”

Saying the track’s EMTs were quickly at her and the other rider’s sides and immediately began evaluating the pair’s injuries, the rider explained, “It was obvious that the other rider’s injuries were more serious, as the back of his jersey was torn, he had open wounds on his back, and he was complaining of difficulty breathing.”

While she was being assessed by paramedics, who determined she had broken her clavicle and sustained other injuries, track officials notified fire and rescue personnel that another rider had suffered a wrist injury during a second crash. That victim was evaluated and treated at the scene but did not require further medical attention.

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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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