Hemet man ID’d after fatal head-on crash on Winchester Road

MURRIETA, Calif., — Although no details have been released as to how a fatal, head-on traffic collision occurred in Murrieta yesterday afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 12, officials today identified the driver who was killed in the accident. The deadly collision, which forced the hours-long closure of Winchester Road, happened just south of Briggs Road, according to officials.


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City of Murrieta police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 2:21 p.m., according to a Murrieta PD social media release and subsequent coroner’s release of information.

When officials arrived they found a white Chevy Camaro and grey Honda sedan with major front-end damage. Vehicle parts and debris were scattered across the roadway, leaving most of Winchester Road impassable.

The driver of a Chevy Camaro was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision in Murrieta yesterday afternoon. The other driver was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Tracey Allison photo

Despite life-saving efforts, one of those involved in the accident succumbed to his injuries and passed away about twenty minutes after the collision occurred according to fire officials who later wrote, “Unfortunately, one person passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident.”

The other driver suffered moderate injuries, according to a CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire social media release.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Raymond Ayala, 48, of Hemet, as the man who died in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at the scene of yesterday’s accident at 2:43 p.m.


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Officials who worked at the location for several hours during their initial on-scene investigation and subsequent collision clean-up efforts called for the temporary closure of Winchester Road between Benton and Auld roads. Traffic was diverted away from the crash scene onto other area roads, with commuters and area residents reporting significant delays in travel times. The road has since been re-opened.

Murrieta PD’s accident investigation is continuing and officials have not released any further details regarding the fatal collision.

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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.