Local motorcyclist, 30, ID’d after deadly Murrieta crash
UPDATED: Friday, April 22, 1:08 p.m., With corrected age and GoFundMe fundraiser details.
Originally Published: Thursday, April 21, 10:32 a.m.
MURRIETA, Calif., — Authorities say a local man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing in the French Valley area of Murrieta early Tuesday evening, April 19. The deadly solo-vehicle crash happened on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, just east of Town View Avenue, according to officials.
Tuesday’s fatal accident comes on the heels of another solo-vehicle crash two days earlier that killed 17-year-old Sharmaine Legaspi, who died after a crash into a light pole in the area of Murrieta Hot Springs and Whitewood roads. The popular and beloved teen was a 2021 Miss Young Philippines USA candidate and had recently moved to Murrieta.
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California Highway Patrol, along with City of Murrieta police and fire personnel who were dispatched to the scene around 6 p.m. found a rider that had crashed, CHP Officer Mike Lassig has since reported.
The motorcyclist had sustained major traumatic injuries and despite lifesaving efforts he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.
The Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office has since identified Andrew Robles, 30, of Murrieta, as the rider killed in the crash. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 6:24 p.m.
Lassig said Robles was riding his 2014 Kawasaki Ninja eastbound on Murrieta Hot Springs when he “made an unsafe turning movement,” along a sweeping right curve in the roadway, causing the motorcycle to hit the center median.
The impact with the median caused the Kawasaki to overturn, at which time Robles was ejected onto the dirt portion of the center divider.
Lassig went on to say that the circumstances of what led to Robles losing control were still under investigation and intoxication has not yet been ruled out as a contributing factor in the fatal accident.
Andrew Robles is seen on the motorcycle he loved riding in a photo he posted to social media just days before he was killed in a solo-vehicle crash in Murrieta on Tuesday. Andrew Robles / Facebook photo
While officials worked at the scene, several lanes of Murrieta Hot Springs were closed, but the roadway was reopened around 90 minutes later, according to CHP, who said the crash investigation is ongoing.
In a GoFundMe fundraiser, the victim’s father, Javier Robles described his son as a family man who had a positive impact on the lives of everyone up around him.
“Andrew helped so many people in so many ways and left an unforgettable mark on everyone around him. Andrew was only 30 and yet spread love and wisdom that was of a person much older,” he explained, adding, “Andrew really was one of a kind and will forever live in all of our hearts.”
To date, the fundraiser has accumulated $9,410 toward a stated goal of $15,000, which will be used to help with funeral costs and other related expenses and to help support his fiancé.
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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.