Redding man, 25, dead after truck plummets off SR-299E near Ingot

UPDATED: Friday, June 18, 9 p.m., With Coroner’s release of information.

INGOT, Calif. — Authorities say a 25-year-old Redding man was killed when his vehicle careened off SR-299E and soared down a 50-foot embankment near Ingot, Thursday afternoon, June 17.

California Highway Patrol has since said that several 911 callers reported that the deceased man was speeding and driving recklessly just before the deadly crash, which left the victim’s pickup truck on it’s side and partially submerged in Little Cow Creek.


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CHP officers, along with a CHP Aviation Crew and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around noon after receiving multiple calls regarding the solo-vehicle crash.

CHP has said the 25-year-old driver was speeding and driving recklessly just before losing control of his vehicle and careening off Highway 299E near Ingot yesterday afternoon. KRCR News Channel 7 photo

The 911 callers reported the vehicle, a red 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling westbound on Highway 299E, east of Sugar Pine Camp Road at about 60 to 65 miles per hour, according to the CHP.

When officials arrived they confirmed that the driver and sole occupant of the Dodge had succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Investigating officers determined the victim, since identified by the Shasta County Coroner Office as Jedediah Riley Eminger, was traveling down the mountain at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his pickup along a curve in the road and his vehicle plummeted about 50 feet into the ravine and creek below.

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At around 3 p.m., one-way traffic control was implemented along the winding, two lane mountain highway to allow for emergency crews to remove the wrecked truck following the crash, with area residents and commuters reporting up to thirty minute delays in their travel times. The highway was later re-opened to through traffic.

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.