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Pedestrian killed in Rancho Mirage accident identified


A man who died from injuries sustained when he was run over by a vehicle in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday night has been identified by the Riverside County Coroner's Bureau.

Christopher Vellios, 26, of Indio, died at 5:36 p.m. according to the coroner's release His time of injury was listed as 5:19 p.m.

The crash investigation is being handled by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The accident was reported on Highway 111 and Frank Sinatra Road just before 5:20 p.m, according to Deputy Robyn Flores, RSO public information officer.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area for several hours due to the investigation.

This is the second deadly crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian this week. On Monday evening, a 57-year-old Palm Desert resident was struck and killed by a vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old Palm Desert man, stayed at the scene cooperated with law enforcement. Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to have played a role in Monday's crash.

News Channel 3 reached out to the Riverside County Coroner's Bureau for the identity of the woman killed in Monday's crash.

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