Passenger killed & driver seriously injured after speeding SUV plows into Moreno Valley home

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say a local woman was killed and another person suffered major injuries after their speeding vehicle plowed into a parked vehicle before crashing into a Moreno Valley home late Monday evening, April 11.

The deadly crash, which left the home’s garage heavily damaged, happened in the 11900 block of Indian Street, between Ironwood Avenue and Dunlavy Court, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire – Riverside firefighters and Urban Search and Rescue members, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 11:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a major-injury traffic collision with entrapment, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Robert Grmusha and Cal Fire have since reported.

When officials arrived, they found a 2003 Acura MDX that had collided with an unoccupied Chevy Silverado parked in the driveway of the residence, according to Grmusha, who said both occupants of the Acura were found trapped inside their wrecked SUV.

Several other parked vehicles were also damaged in the high-speed collision, according to witnesses at the scene.

Firefighters are seen working to extricate two occupants from a vehicle that crashed into a parked pickup truck before plowing into a home in Moreno Valley late last night. Johhny Lopez / Lone Wolf News and Media photo

“Attempts were made to gain access to the passenger compartment of the Acura to assist the driver and passenger, but collision damage prevented deputies from gaining entry,” Grmusha explained, saying firefighters performed a cut and rescue operation to free the critically injured occupants.

The driver was eventually rushed to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley with major, but non-life-threatening injuries.

However, the passenger, who was found “unresponsive without a pulse, with major traumatic injuries”, ultimately succumbed to her injuries and passed away at the scene, according to Grmusha, who said the victim has been identified as 40-year-old, Keonia Brown, of Moreno Valley. The driver’s name has not been released, pending further investigation.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Moreno Valley Station’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, CRT members determined the Acura had been traveling northbound on Indian Street at a high rate of speed when it veered across the southbound lane for an unknown reason and struck the curb on the westside of the roadway.

“After striking the curb the Acura became airborne, colliding with the Chevy Silverado parked in the driveway and the garage. Both the Chevy Silverado and the garage sustained major damage as a result of the collision,” Grmusha went on to say, adding that although the home was occupied at the time of the crash, nobody from inside the home was injured as a result of the accident.

A Sheriff’s official is seen documenting evidence of last night’s deadly crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured and left a home heavily damaged. Johnny Lopez / Lone Wolf News and Media photo

Officials have not yet ruled out alcohol and/or drug intoxication as possible contributing factors in the fatal crash and their investigation is ongoing.

The collision investigation required the temporary closure of Indian Street, between Ironwood Avenue and Covington Way, in order to process the scene and collect additional evidence, but the roadway has since been re-opened.

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Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Kevin Seguin of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6879 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV221010318 and can remain anonymous. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tips Online Form.

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.