DUI suspected in Canyon Lake three-vehicle wreck that critically injured two

CANYON LAKE, Calif. — Two people suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized after a three-vehicle rollover traffic collision in Canyon Lake Friday, July 2. The crash, which officials say was caused by a drug intoxicated and speeding motorist who lost control of their vehicle, happened on the 32000 block of Railroad Canyon Road near Country Club Drive.

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Deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 4 p.m. after receiving reports of a major injury traffic collision with with people trapped in at least one of the vehicles.

Deputies are seen investigating the cause of Friday’s crash that critically injured two drivers who underwent immediate surgery after the collision, according to Sheriff’s officials. RivCo News photo

Deputies arrived within minutes and found three vehicles, along with vehicle parts and debris scattered across both directions of the roadway. The vehicles were described as a silver sedan, brown sedan and grey Honda SUV.

Firefighters found one of the drivers critically injured and trapped inside their vehicle and performed a cut and rescue operation to free the injured victim.

That driver and a second driver were eventually transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance. Their injuries were considered critical and both victims immediately underwent emergency life-saving surgery, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brad Foster.

The third driver was uninjured in the collision and declined medical treatment at the scene.

Members of the Lake Elsinore Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

“Preliminary investigation indicates one of the drivers was driving at a high rate of speed, lost control and collided with another vehicle traveling the opposite direction, head-on, causing a collision with a third vehicle,” Foster explained; adding, “Drugs appear to be a factor in the collision.”

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Deputy Downs at (951) 245-3000, or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number CN211830012 and can remain anonymous.

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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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