Hemet pedestrian seriously injured after struck by car during heavy rain

HEMET, Calif., — A pedestrian was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a rural Hemet street during heavy rainfall early Monday evening, Dec. 27.

The accident happened on S. Kirby Street, between W. Esplanade Avenue and Colby Street, near the Hope in the Valley Baptist Church.


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City of Hemet police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene shortly before 6 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic accident on Monday evening. Hemet Crime Society / Vicki Arents Vego photos

When officials arrived, they found an adult male down along the west side of the roadway and also located the involved vehicle, a silver passenger sedan with minor front-end damage, and its driver nearby.

Due to the severity of the victim’s injuries, officials requested an air ambulance to the scene; however, neither Mercy nor Reach were able to be launched to the scene due to inclement weather conditions.

The victim was eventually transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Although evidence at the scene indicated the vehicle that struck the pedestrian was traveling southbound on Kirby Street when the accident occurred, no further details were immediately available and Hemet PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this accident or who witnessed the collision and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Hemet PD at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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.