Ejected from vehicle, driver critically injured after Lake Elsinore rollover crash

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., — A man was seriously injured and airlifted from the scene of a rollover crash with ejection in the area of Mission Trail and Sedco Boulevard in Lake Elsinore Saturday evening, Jan. 15.


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California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, along with Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 7:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a rollover traffic accident with ejection, Cal Fire has since reported.

Firefighters work at the scene of a rollover crash with ejection in Lake Elsinore Saturday night. Rivco News photos

When officials arrived, they found a pickup truck on its roof, with vehicle parts and debris scattered across the roadway. A critically injured man who had been ejected from the truck was found 30 to 40 feet from the vehicle and witnesses and area residents were already at the scene attempting to provide aid and comfort to the seriously injured man.

Due to the victim’s serious injuries, a REACH Air Ambulance was launched to the scene and airlifted the man to an area hospital for further treatment, according to Cal Fire.

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It was not immediately clear which law enforcement agency was investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred on the boundary of the City of Lake Elsinore and the unincorporated surrounding area, and no further details were 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.