Driver suffering medical crisis leads to pedestrian’s death in Eastvale parking lot

UPDATED: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 9:42 a.m., With coroner’s release of information.

Originally Published: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12:05 p.m.

EASTVALE, Calif., — Authorities say a driver suffering a medical crisis crashed through a metal gate and struck a pedestrian walking through a parking lot outside the Eastvale Amazon Fulfillment Center, killing him Monday evening, Sept. 20.

Both the driver and a passenger were hospitalized, according to officials who have said that alcohol and/or drug intoxication have not been ruled out as possible contributing factors in the fatal collision.


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Deputies assigned to the City of Eastvale and Cal Fire-Riverside were dispatched to the fulfillment center’s parking lot, located near the intersection of Goodman Way and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road, around 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a major injury collision involving a pedestrian, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Lemsisanith has since reported.

“When Cal Fire personnel arrived on scene, they located a Hispanic male adult who had been struck by a vehicle,” the Sergeant explained; adding that the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Miguel Diaz Mendoza, 25, of Eastvale, as the man killed in the collision. A coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 6:43 p.m.

Both the driver and a passenger of the involved vehicle were transported to a local hospital and treated for unspecified injuries, which Cal Fire later described as serious and moderate.

Based on the circumstances, the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

“Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling through the parking lot and suffered a medical emergency,” Lemsisanith explained. “The driver lost control of the vehicle, collided with a metal gate and struck the decedent who was walking through the parking lot.”

Amazon’s parking lot was closed for the duration of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy D. Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number EV212630067 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.

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