Redding man, 32, ID’d after vehicle found upside down in Sacramento River

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 14, 11 a.m.

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REDDING, Calif., — The Shasta County Coroner’s Office yesterday identified a man whose lifeless body was pulled from a vehicle that had overturned and ended up upside down in the Sacramento River in Redding in the area of the South Bonnyview Bridge near Bechelli Lane early Friday morning, July 9.

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Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lieutenant Stonehouse today identified the victim as 32-year-old, Shannon Jay Robinson, of Redding.

“The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and the postmortem examination has been completed,” Stonehouse said; adding, “The case remains under investigation by the Redding Police Department.”

Redding PD has not released any information as to what may have caused Robinson’s vehicle to end up in the river and their investigation is continuing.


Original Story: Body recovered after vehicle found upside down in Sacramento River in Redding

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say the body of a motorist was pulled from a car that crashed into the Sacramento River in Redding in the area of the South Bonnyview Bridge near Bechelli Lane early Friday morning, July 9.

City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 2 a.m. after receiving the report of a vehicle that had left the roadway and was in the river, Redding Police Lieutenant Chris Smyrnos has since reported.

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“Upon arrival, officers located the involved vehicle upside down in the river, however due to its location in the water, they were unable to immediately access it,” said Smyrnos; adding that personnel from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team were called in to assist.

“The Dive Team was able to confirm there was one deceased person in the vehicle … (but) due to the difficult terrain in the area, it took crews several hours to remove the vehicle from the river,” the Lieutenant continued.

Once the victim’s body was recovered from the overturned and partially submerged vehicle, Redding PD Traffic Investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

The identity of the driver is pending positive identification and notification of next of kin and it is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision, according to Smyrnos.

Anyone with information about this collision is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R044953 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.



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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