Local woman, 33, ID’d after fatal San Jacinto head-on collision

SAN JACINTO, Calif., — Authorities say a local woman was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision in San Jacinto early Saturday morning, Feb. 19.

The deadly crash, which sent another motorist to the hospital, happened on N. Sanderson Avenue north of W. Ramona Expressway, according to officials.


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Deputies from the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene shortly before 3 a.m. after receiving reports of a two-vehicle collision with major injuries, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brandy Swan has since said of the fatal accident.

When officials arrived, they found two SUVs with heavy front-end damage and began treating two motorists injured in the collision.

Ashley Jachelski was killed in a head-on collision in San Jacinto early Saturday morning. Jachelski family photo / Facebook

Despite life-saving efforts, one of the motorists succumbed to her injuries and passed away. The other driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Swan.

The Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has since identified Ashley Jachelski, 33, of San Jacinto, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased within minutes of officials arriving at the scene, at 3:09 a.m.

“It appeared one vehicle crossed over the other lane for an unknown reason,” Swan has since reported, adding, “It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a part in this collision.”

While officials worked at the scene, they called for the temporary closure of N. Sanderson Avenue and the roadway remained closed until around 7 a.m.


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Friends and family of the victim have since told RCNS that Jachelski was a nurse and mother of two children, and had been caring for her elderly mother.

After learning of her sister’s passing, Perris resident Veronica Lopez shared her anguish on social media, saying, “My heart hurts! My heart is broken! I don’t know what I am going to do without the best hype man!”

“You were the best sister and always there for me and my kids,” Lopez described. “You showed up when nobody else did! You were such a beautiful person inside and out!”

“This is so hard ash! I miss you so much already! You were taken to soon,” she continued, adding, “You will be missed so much. I will be broken and a piece of me has died with you!”

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS), which act as stringer-news providers for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.


  • The passing of our niece Ashley has been BONE CRUSHING! WE are DEVASTATED! What a beautiful soul she was. That smile of hers was magical and she will never be forgotten! We will always miss and LOVE her everyday!

  • I knew Ashley (her ex husband’s sister is my daughter in law), and I know she was a good and fun person. My heart aches for her family’s loss, especially for her two adorable kids. May God bless and comfort you all through this very difficult time.