Speed flyer rescued from steep mountainside after San Jacinto crash

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — A speed flyer who crashed into a steep mountainside above the Soboba Indian Reservation was rescued during a technical hoist operation near Soboba Flight Park, in the area of Soboba Road and State Street Saturday morning, Jan. 1.

Speed flying is an advanced discipline of paragliding that uses a small, high-performance paraglider wing for fast descents.


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Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 8:30 a.m. after receiving reports of a downed and injured paraglider who had crashed about 1,400 feet up the mountainside.

When officials arrived, they confirmed that a speed flyer, whose name has not been released, was injured and unable to get off the mountainside due to their condition.

Officials at the scene requested an airlift, at which time Cal Fire’s chopper 301 was launched from nearby Hemet-Ryan Airport and responded to the crash site.

When the helicopter arrived in the area, firefighter/paramedics packaged the victim for transport and the injured flyer was hoisted into the helicopter before being flown down the mountain to a waiting ambulance.

The victim was then transported by ground ambulance to the Riverside University Health System’s trauma center in Moreno Valley with injuries since described as moderate.

No further information was immediately available.

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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.