Moreno Valley pedestrian pushing shopping cart across street killed after struck by pickup

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say a pedestrian pushing a shopping cart filled with bottles has died after being struck by a pickup truck in Moreno Valley on Friday evening, Aug. 19.

The involved driver remained at the scene and was uninjured in the fatal collision, which happened on Alessandro Boulevard near the intersection of Elsworth Street, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire – Riverside and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 8:34 p.m. after receiving reports of a major-injury traffic collision involving a pedestrian, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Chad Craig has since reported.

When officials arrived, they found a victim down in the roadway. He was found without a pulse and suffering from traumatic life-threatening injuries according to Craig, who said, “Despite the life-saving measures attempted by CalFire personnel, the pedestrian was declared deceased at the scene.”

The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of his family.

A pedestrian pushing a shopping cart was killed after he was struck by a pickup truck in Moreno Valley Friday evening. Debra Craig/Moreno Valley Matters photo

The driver who struck the pedestrian was found at the scene along with his silver, 2019 Toyota Tacoma, which sustained moderate front-end damage. He was found to have been uninjured in the collision and was fully cooperative with investigating deputies.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies determined the Toyota was traveling eastbound on Alessandro Boulevard as the pedestrian was pushing the shopping cart southbound across the street, mid-block between Elsworth Street and Veterans Way.

“The Toyota attempted to stop, but subsequently struck the pedestrian as he crossed in front of him,” Craig described, adding, “Drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision.”

While officials worked at the scene and gathered evidence related to the deadly collision, they called for the temporary closure of eastbound Alessandro Boulevard between Elsworth Street and Veterans Way. The roadway was re-opened several hours later.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Andrew Galbreath of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6811 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV222310309 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.

In 2022, Trevor added published author to his accomplishments, after he co-authored “A Veteran’s Story – Courage and Honor”. The book, which became a national bestseller in multiple categories, is available for purchase on Amazon.

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.