EASTVALE, Calif. — Authorities have identified a man killed in a two-vehicle, head-on traffic collision in Eastvale Wednesday morning, June 24.

The other driver involved in deadly crash, which happened where River Rd. turns into Archibald Ave. at the intersection of Baron Dr., sustained minor injuries and was treated and later released at the scene.


Major injuries reported after Temecula rollover hit and run

Pair injured, dog saved, after fire destroys Hemet duplex

Homeland teen arrested after young victim sustains severe head trauma during robbery

Huge Chinese drug trafficking operation taken down in SJ valley

Children, 2 & 6, killed – second infant airlifted after I-10 rollover

Deputies and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene about 8:34 a.m., after receiving reports of a major injury, head-on traffic collision, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Gutierrez has since reported.

When officials arrived they found one of the victims critically injured and trapped inside his vehicle.

After firefighters extricated the victim he was rushed by ground ambulance to Corona Regional Medical Center; however, the man succumbed to his traumatic injuries and passed away while still en route to the hospital.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified the man killed in the collision as Theodore Rich, 88, of Hawthorne. A coroner’s release indicated the victim was pronounced deceased by medical staff at 9:12 a.m.

“The driver of the other vehicle cooperated with the investigation and was released from the scene with minor injuries,” said Gutierrez.

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

Gutierrez has since reported one of the vehicles was traveling eastbound on Baron Rd./Archibald Ave. at River Rd. and attempted to make a northbound turn onto River Rd. from a southbound only turning lane. 

Although Gutierrez has not specified what kind of vehicles were involved in the deadly crash or who was found to be at fault, he said the vehicle attempting to turn was struck head-on by the second vehicle; which had been traveling southbound on River Rd.

During their investigation, deputies called for the temporary closure of River Rd./Archibald Ave. in both directions while they processed the scene.

“At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision,” Gutierrez said after the fatal collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number EV201760020 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 by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

This article sponsored by:

For more information, contact Bill Tyler at Century 21 Full Realty Service.

Contact the writer: [email protected]

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

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 29 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 16 grandchildren.