Juveniles, 1 & 16, fatally ejected in Menifee rollover collision – Corona teen arrested
MENIFEE, Calif., — Two children, ages 1 and 16, were killed after both were fatally ejected when a pickup truck they were passengers in overturned when another vehicle crashed into theirs yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 13. The fatal accident, which sent two other passengers to the hospital, happened on Domenigoni Parkway east of Lindenberger Road, according to officials.
Although officials have said that neither alcohol or drug intoxication were considered to be contributing factors in the double-fatal accident, an 18-year-old Corona man was arrested and later booked into jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter, without gross negligence. Online jail records indicate he was released with a citation a few hours after his arrest.
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City of Menifee police officers, along with California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire-Riverside, AMR and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 5:21 p.m. after receiving reports of a traffic collision involving two vehicles, Menifee Police Department has since reported.
The 911 callers told emergency dispatchers that one of the vehicles had overturned and there were possible juvenile fatalities at the scene.
When officials arrived they found a Chevrolet Silverado truck with an attached trailer on its side in the eastbound lanes of Domenigoni. A second involved vehicle, described as a Ford F-150 pickup truck, was found nearby.
Arriving officials found an off-duty San Diego County sheriff’s deputy and a Search and Rescue medic already providing aid to two critically injured juveniles who had been ejected onto the parkway during the rollover crash.
“It was later discovered the two juveniles had been ejected from the Chevrolet truck,” Menifee PD explained; adding, “Despite relentless lifesaving efforts, the two juveniles succumbed to their injuries at the scene.”
During their initial investigation, MPD traffic investigators determined that just before the fatal crash, the Chevrolet truck pulling the trailer and the Ford truck were both traveling westbound on Domenigoni, east of Lindenberger Road.
“As the two vehicles were traveling westbound, the Ford veered out of its lane and collided with the driver side of the Chevrolet,” MPD described. “As a result of the collision, the Chevrolet lost control, crossed over the center divider, and rolled onto its side where the two juveniles (1 and 16), were ejected from the cab of the truck.”
Officials did not specify if either of the deceased juveniles were properly buckled into their seats when the fatal crash occurred.
Both of the involved drivers were evaluated at the scene and neither required further medical treatment; however, two passengers from the Chevy were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the Ford, Corona resident Logan Schell, was determined to have caused the fatal accident and after officers at the scene conferred with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, they arrested him.
Although he was later booked into custody at the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, he was released within a few hours and given a citation to appear at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center in January of next year.
The roadway remained closed for several hours while the traffic investigation team gathered evidence and interviewed witnesses and drivers, according to officials; who have since said that while one vehicle with witnesses remained at the scene of the deadly rollover, they believe there could be other witnesses who have not yet come forward to be interviewed.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or who witnessed the fatal collision is encouraged to contact the Menifee Police Department Traffic Unit at (951) 723-1690 or Sergeant Matt Bloch at (951) 723-1565 or by email.
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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.