Hemet woman, 38, ID’d after fatal three vehicle Sanderson crash

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — A Hemet woman has passed away after a three-vehicle collision in San Jacinto early yesterday morning, Friday, Oct. 22. The deadly crash, which injured at least three other people, happened on Sanderson Avenue, north of Ramona Expressway, according to officials.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol officers, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 6:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a multi-vehicle collision with several people injured.

When officials arrived at the scene, they found three involved vehicles with a total of four victims, according to a Cal Fire social media release following the fatal collision.

Firefighters immediately set about freeing the trapped and injured drivers and occupants from the three involved vehicles.

Despite life saving efforts, one occupant from a black, 2010 Hyundai Veracruz succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the scene.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Amber Chapman, 38, of Hemet, as the woman killed in the accident. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 7 a.m.

Three other victims, all of whom were trapped inside their wrecked vehicles, were eventually pulled from their cars and transported to area hospitals for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to Cal Fire.

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of Sanderson Avenue between Gilman Springs Road and Ramona Expressway. The roadway remained closed for several hours, but has since been reopened. 

No further information or details were immediately available and the Sheriff’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.