Moreno Valley teen ID’d after deadly Lake Elsinore wreck

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. — Authorities say a woman who was the passenger of a car that plowed at high speed into a Lake Elsinore block wall was killed in the solo-vehicle crash late Thursday evening, July 1.

The driver suffered major head injuries and remains hospitalized since the accident, which happened on Lakeshore Drive and Ohio Street, according to officials who have said that alcohol and/or drug intoxication were not believed to be contributing factors in the deadly crash.

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Deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, along with CAL FIRE-Riverside and other emergency personnel,  were dispatched to the scene shortly before midnight after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brad Foster later said of the fatal crash.

Officials arrived within minutes and found a vehicle that had struck a block wall. Two occupants were discovered to be critically injured and trapped inside the vehicle and both had to be extricated by CAL FIRE during a cut and rescue operation.

Despite extensive life saving efforts, the female passenger succumbed to her extensive injuries and passed away at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Kasie Hernandez, 19, of Moreno Valley, as the passenger killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased by CAL FIRE paramedics at 12:10 a.m.

The driver was transported to an area trauma center by AMR with major head injuries. It was not immediately known if the victim was expected to survive.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Lake Elsinore Station’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

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Their preliminary findings indicated “the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed south on Lakeshore Dr., lost control of the vehicle, and collided with a block wall at Ohio Street,” Foster explained.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Scott Hadeen at (951) 245-3000, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number L211820148 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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