Juvenile was possibly laying in Red Bluff roadway when fatally struck by teen driver

RED BLUFF, Calif., — Authorities say a juvenile was possibly laying down in the middle of a Red Bluff roadway when she was fatally struck by a vehicle being driven by a teen Wednesday evening, March 30. Although not yet confirmed, witnesses have told SCNS the victim was a teenage girl.

The deadly accident happened in the 1000 block of Kimball Road, between Airport Boulevard and S. Jackson Street, according to officials.


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City of Red Bluff police and fire personnel, along with California Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 9:20 p.m. after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting a vehicle that had run over a pedestrian, Red Bluff PD has since reported.

CHP and Red Bluff PD officers were first to arrive at the scene, where they found a juvenile down in the roadway with major traumatic injuries. Officers immediately began life-saving efforts, and the victim was rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital where despite further efforts she ultimately succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

During their subsequent investigation, officers learned the victim, whose name, age and gender have not been officially released, had been struck by a passenger vehicle.

According to officers, information and evidence located at the scene suggested the juvenile was possibly laying down in the roadway when she was struck by the vehicle. Officials have not speculated as to why the girl had been laying in the roadway when the fatal accident occurred.

The driver who struck the juvenile, 18-year-old, Isabella Helmericks, of Red Bluff, remained at the scene and was cooperative with investigating officials, who determined that alcohol and/or drug intoxication were not contributing factors in the fatal accident.

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Red Bluff PD’s investigation is continuing, and no further details have been released.

Anyone with further information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131. Callers can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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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). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories 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.