Perris woman, 28, ID’d after deadly rollover into pole

PERRIS, Calif., — Authorities say a local woman was killed in a solo-vehicle crash in Perris when she struck a fire hydrant and overturned into a pole Friday evening, Aug. 27. The fatal accident left the mortally injured victim trapped inside her wrecked vehicle, near the intersection of Perris Boulevard and Orange Avenue, according to sheriff and fire officials.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene just after 10 p.m. after receiving reports of a single-vehicle, major injury traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Hibbler later reported.

When officials arrived thy found a heavily damaged red Honda Pilot that had struck a fire hydrant, shearing it at the base and leaving a geyser shooting more than 100 feet into the nighttime air, before overturning into a pole. Firefighters quickly determined the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was trapped inside the mangled wreckage of the SUV and began a cut and rescue operation to free her.

While deputies spoke to potential witnesses and began investigating the cause of the Friday’s deadly crash, several firefighters set about the task of shutting off the sheared fire hydrant’s water supply. Anonymously submitted photo

Although paramedics immediately began life-saving efforts at the scene, the driver succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the scene, Hibbler explained.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Alisha Sepulveda, 28, of Perris, as the woman killed in to the accident. A Coroner’s release indicted she was pronounced deceased at 10:59 p.m., about one hour after the accident occurred.

Officials have not yet said if alcohol and/or drug intoxication, distracted driving, or a medical crisis may have contributed to the fatal accident.

The Perris Station Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Deputy Torres at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1068. Callers can refer to incident file number PE212390130 and can remain anonymous.

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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.