Murrieta woman, 54, ID’d after run over by big rig at busy intersection
MURRIETA, Calif., — Authorities have identified a woman who died after being struck by a big rig in Murrieta Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22, The fatal accident happened at the intersection of Winchester and Murrieta Hot Springs roads, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log and Cal Fire – Riverside social media release.
The accident and subsequent hours-long investigation forced the temporary closure of the intersection and caused a traffic nightmare for evening commuters and area residents.
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CHP, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Murrieta Police Department, Cal Fire, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 3:53 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.
When officials arrived, they found a victim down in the roadway with critical injuries. Despite life-saving efforts she was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics.
The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Robin Kropp, 54, of Murrieta, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 4:04 p.m.
During their subsequent investigation, officers determined that the driver of a black, 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer combo made a right turn from westbound Murrieta Hot Springs Road to northbound Winchester Road on a green light when the pedestrian stepped out onto the marked crosswalk and was struck.
Unaware he had been involved in a fatal collision with the pedestrian, the driver of the big rig continued traveling northbound on Winchester Road.
However, once alerted to the accident by another motorist the driver stopped at nearby Hunter Road before attempting to turn around and return to the scene of the accident. The driver ultimately remained at the scene and was cooperative with CHP’s investigation, which is active and ongoing.
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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.