Driver dead after fiery Shingletown rollover accident

SHINGLETOWN, Calif., — Authorities have confirmed that one person was killed in a fiery, solo-vehicle rollover crash in the Shingletown area early Sunday evening, Sept. 19. The fatal accident happened on Hwy 44, about one mile east of Brokeoff Meadows Road, according to local volunteer fire officials.


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California Highway Patrol, along with the Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department, Cal Fire, American Medical Response (AMR) and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene shortly before 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a single vehicle crash with fire, Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department has since reported.

A CHP officer is seen investigating the cause of a deadly rollover crash that killed a driver Sunday evening. Shingletown Volunteer Fire Department photos

An SPI representative was first to arrive at the scene and found an overturned SUV on its side against a burning tree about 25 feet from the roadway. Although the flames were threatening to spread to area vegetation, the SPI employee managed to extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of additional resources, according to SVFD officials.

The SPI representative also radioed to incoming police and fire personnel that the driver was found deceased and trapped inside the wrecked vehicle.

Fire resources were next to arrive and firefighter/paramedics confirmed that the driver had already succumbed to their injuries and passed away at the scene.

While CHP investigated the possible cause of the deadly crash, firefighters remained at the scene for an extended period conducting a cut and recovery extrication of the deceased driver.

The victim’s name has not yet been released and CHP’s investigation is continuing.

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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.