Local man, 90, ID’d after deadly Indio crash that injured four others

INDIO, Calif., — Authorities say an elderly man was killed in an Indio two-vehicle head-on collision that injured four other people Friday afternoon, Jan. 14.

The fatal accident, which happened outside the Heritage Palms Golf Club at the intersection of Miles Avenue and S. Heritage Palms, forced the hours-long closure of the intersection and the cause remains under investigation.


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City of Indio Police Department, Cal Fire – Riverside, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 4:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a collision with entrapment, according to officials.

Responding officials arrived to find two involved vehicles, described as a white sedan and white SUV, blocking the intersection, with vehicle parts and debris scattered throughout the roadway.

Firefighters quickly confirmed that two victims were trapped and injured inside their wrecked vehicles and began a cut and rescue operation to extricate them.

The most seriously injured victim was transported by air ambulance to John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Indio where, despite extensive life-saving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Gregory Masters, 90, of Indio, as the man who died as a result of the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 6:01 p.m.

A total of four other victims were ultimately transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to serious, according to Cal Fire.

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While officials worked at the scene, they called for the temporary closure of Miles Avenue, between Jefferson and Madison streets. The roadway was reopened several hours later.

Indio PD’s collision investigation is continuing, and no further details have been released.

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.