Quail Valley woman, 18, ID’d after fatal Railroad Canyon crash

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., — Authorities have confirmed that a local woman died as a result of a two-vehicle collision in Lake Elsinore yesterday morning, Saturday, Oct. 23.

The fatal collision, which sent another motorist to the hospital, happened on Railroad Canyon Drive, near Lambs Fellowship Church and about one-half mile east of Church Rd.


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Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire-Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene just before 10 a.m. after receiving reports of a major-injury, two-vehicle collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brad Foster later said of the fatal accident.

When deputies arrived they found two involved vehicles, with one driver critically injured and trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her white Toyota Camry. The woman was unresponsive and deputies immediately began providing her medical aid, which they continued until paramedics and firefighters arrived and took over life-saving efforts.

An 18-year-old Quail Valley woman was killed when her vehicle crossed the center median of Railroad Canyon Drive and was struck broadside by an oncoming vehicle. Canyon Lake Insider photo

Cal-Fire began a cut and rescue operation to free the woman and quickly managed to pull her from her wrecked vehicle, at which time they determined she had already succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Ana Arreola, 18, of Quail Valley, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at the scene at 10:20 a.m.

The driver of the second vehicle was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, according to the Sergeant.

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During their subsequent investigation, deputies determined the victim had been traveling westbound on Railroad Canyon Dr. when she crossed over the median and was struck broadside by an eastbound vehicle.

“The cause of this collision is still under investigation, and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the collision,” said Foster.

Saturday morning’s crash caused the hours-long closure of Railroad Canyon Road and led to significant delays in travel times for area residents and morning commuters. Patty Garcia photo

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of eastbound Railroad Canyon. The roadway remained closed for several hours, but has since been reopened.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Hadeen of the Lake Elsinore Sheriffs Station at (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number L212960027 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.