Second fatal Domenigoni Parkway crash in days leaves Hemet woman, 43, dead

WINCHESTER, Calif., — Authorities say a local woman was killed in a two-vehicle traffic collision in Hemet last night, Friday, Oct. 15. The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and Winchester Road, just a few miles from where another, double-fatal accident occurred days earlier.

The earlier accident, which happened last Wednesday, left two San Jacinto juveniles – including a 1-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl – dead after both were ejected onto the parkway after their vehicle overturned following an otherwise minor, sideswipe collision involving another vehicle. An 18-year-old Corona man, reportedly suspected of distracted driving caused by his cellphone use, was later arrested for vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and is out of custody awaiting his January arraignment after being released with a citation.


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California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire-Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 9:40 p.m. after receiving reports of a two-vehicle crash with possible entrapment, Cal Fire has since said in a social media release.

Arriving officials found a total of three victims with one person confirmed trapped and firefighters immediately began a cut and rescue operation to free the trapped and injured victim. Officials also treated at least two other victims, who were both eventually transported to area hospitals for further treatment. Cal Fire described their injuries as minor to moderate.

The third involved victim succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the scene.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Maria Hernandez, 43, of Hemet, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 9:53 p.m.

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CHP’s investigation is active and ongoing and no further details have been released.

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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.