Driver seriously injured, airlifted, after solo-vehicle Beaumont crash

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Authorities say a man was seriously injured and left trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his car after a solo-vehicle crash that knocked down two light poles in Beaumont Friday, June 11th.

The crash, which left the victim’s vehicle completely unrecognizable, happened on Oak Valley Parkway, just East of Palmer Avenue.


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Beaumont Police Department, CAL FIRE/Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 5:30 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting the accident.

Responding officials located a heavily damaged black Volkswagen with two downed light poles, with vehicle parts and debris spread across the roadway.

A man was airlifted to an area trauma center after Friday’s crash on Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. Beaumont Police Department photo

Rescue personnel found the driver and sole-occupant trapped inside the wrecked car. Firefighters performed a cut and rescue operation, eventually freeing the seriously injured driver from his vehicle.

Due to the victim’s injuries, firefighters requested a Mercy Air Ambulance to the scene to airlift the man to an area trauma center, where he remains in serious, but stable condition.

Based on their preliminary investigation, officers believe excessive speed was a factor in the collision, but it was not yet known if alcohol and/or drug intoxication were contributing factors in the wreck.

This collision is still under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Beaumont Police Department’s On-Duty Watch Commander at (951) 769-8500. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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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