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Man killed after being struck by vehicle early Christmas morning

A man was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Bermuda Dunes early Christmas morning.

The incident happened just before 3 am near the intersection of Avenue 42 and Jamaica Sands.

Read: Wife of man struck and killed in roadway on Christmas day speaks out

According to a press release by the California Highway Patrol, the preliminary investigating revealed that the man, a 36-year-old from Indio, was walking on the #1 lane of westbound Avenue 42, just east of Jamaica Sands when he was struck by a vehicle. Evidence at the scene indicated that the man was highly intoxicated.

The people in the vehicle called the police, no arrests were made, according to CHP.

KESQ / CBS Local 2 has been in contact with the family, who has identified the victim as Ramon Contreras. He left behind a wife, a 14-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. The Riverside County Coroner’s office later confirmed Contreras was indeed the victim.

Contreras’ family has set-up a YouCaring page to help his wife and kids during this difficult time if you would like to donate you can do so here

Ramon’s wife has also informed us that you can also drop-off donations to 51820 Avenida Vallejo in La Quinta.

If you have any information on the incident you are asked to contact CHP (760) 772-5300.

KESQ News Team

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