Lake Elsinore teen ID’d after fatal Menifee crash

MENIFEE, Calif., — Although details are continuing to emerge, officials today confirmed that a Lake Elsinore teen was killed in an apparent single-vehicle crash in Menifee Sunday morning, Feb. 13.

The deadly crash happened in the area of Briggs and Curzulla roads, according to Menifee PD and Cal Fire officials.


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City of Menifee police officers and Cal Fire – Riverside firefighters were alerted to the crash just after 11:30 a.m., according to a Cal Fire social media release.

Arriving officials found a vehicle that had crashed through a fence and determined the driver had sustained critical injuries and despite life-saving efforts, the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

The Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has since identified Aaron Lane, 17, of Lake Elsinore, as the motorist killed in the crash. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 11:53 a.m.

While officials worked at the scene they called for the temporary closure of Briggs Road, between Scott Road and Golden J Lane. The roadway remained closed for several hours before officials cleared the scene and the road was reopened.

Officials have not yet said if alcohol and/or drug intoxication were suspected, and no further details have been released.


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Menifee PD’s investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the fatal accident and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Menifee PD at (951) 723-1500. Callers can refer to incident file number MN-0735 and can remain anonymous.

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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.