Riverside boy, 15, ID’d after fatal Corona wreck that injured three others
CORONA, Calif., — Authorities say a teen was killed after a vehicle he was a passenger in left the freeway and launched over a dry wash before crashing and overturning on the opposite side of the embankment late Tuesday evening, May 24.
Three other occupants from the vehicle were injured and hospitalized with a variety of injuries after the solo-vehicle crash, which happened along the northbound Interstate 15, south of Cajalco Road, according to officials.
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CHP – Riverside, City of Corona Fire Department, and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 11:48 p.m. after receiving reports of a rollover accident involving a vehicle that crashed into a dry wash, CHP Officer Javier Navarro reported today.
When officials arrived, they found a 2016 Honda Accord overturned in the wash and found three victims, ages 17 to 21, who had already climbed out of the wrecked vehicle.
A fourth victim, described from the scene as a teenage male, was found unconscious and unresponsive in the left rear seat of the overturned vehicle. CHP officers immediately began CPR and other life-saving efforts, which they continued until Corona Fire Department arrived.
Despite further life-saving efforts, the teen succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.
The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Deven Camolina, 15, of Riverside, as the teen killed in the crash. A Coroner’s release indicated he was pronounced deceased at 12:19 a.m.
All three surviving victims were transported to area hospitals with injuries that firefighters described as ranging from moderate to major.
During their subsequent investigation, CHP determined that just before the crash the Honda had been traveling northbound on I-15 approaching Cajalco Road when the driver made an unsafe turning movement toward the right side of the freeway and struck a raised asphalt berm.
After hitting the raised berm, the Honda careened along the loose gravel shoulder separating the regular traffic lanes from the freeway’s off-ramp before reaching the shoulder to the south side of the wash.
Apparently unable to stop or slow down, the Honda “vaulted over the wash”, according to Navarro, who said, “the right front landed at the base of the north embankment (where) the Honda rolled to its right and came to rest on its roof.”
Alcohol and/or drug intoxication are not considered to be contributing factors in the deadly crash.
CHP’s investigation is ongoing, and no further details have been released.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is encouraged to call the California Highway Patrol, Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000. Callers can refer to incident log number 1371 and can remain anonymous.
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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.