Third fatal solo-vehicle Corona crash in two weeks kills local man, 18

CORONA, Calif., — Authorities say a local man was killed in a solo vehicle crash into a fire hydrant in Corona Tuesday evening, Feb. 22. The deadly accident happened in the 800 block of E. 6th Street, near East Grand Boulevard, according to officials.

Tuesday’s fatal crash was the third fatal solo-vehicle traffic accident reported within the city of Corona in the last two weeks, including a deadly motorcycle crash into a tree on Sunday evening. That accident was preceded by another fatal solo vehicle crash into a tree that killed a suspected DUI driver and seriously injured his passenger on Feb. 10.

In the midst of those deadly accidents, another fatal crash that occurred just south of Corona on Feb. 12 killed an innocent motorist and the driver who officials say caused the deadly collision was later arrested and charged with DUI/murder.


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City of Corona police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 8 p.m. after receiving reports of the accident.

When officials arrived, they found a BMW that had careened off the road where it struck a fire hydrant.

Despite life-saving efforts, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

The Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has since identified Gerardo Pena, 18, of Corona, as the man killed in the crash. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 8:22 p.m.


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Officials say their investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing and anyone with information or who witnessed the accident and has not yet provided a statement is encouraged to contact Officer Johnathan Drylie at (951) 736-2330 or by email.

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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.