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Cathedral City man killed in Ramon Rd. crash identified

A pedestrian who was struck and killed Monday evening along Ramon Road in Cathedral City was identified Tuesday.

The Riverside County Coroner's office said Guadalupe Arrez, 44, of Cathedral City died shortly after he was struck by a driver.

Guadalupe Arrez

The crash was reported at 7:41 p.m. on a Ramon Road between Sky Blue Water Trail and Avenida El Mundo.

"It appears the pedestrian was crossing Ramon from the southside to the north and struck in the #3 lane," Cathedral City Police Commander Julio Luna told News Channel 3 at the scene.

Arrez was initially inaccurately identified as a 40-year-old man from Desert Hot Springs. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with the police, Luna confirmed. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to have played a factor in the crash. Speed also was not a factor, according to CCPD.

The driver was released after questioning.

This is a typically dangerous area of Ramon Road where multiple people have been struck by vehicles over the years.

"We've been fortunate that we haven't had more fatalities here, however, we've had a fair share of at least injury collisions involving pedestrians. For whatever reason, this is a very popular area where people just choose to cross because of the businesses on both sides of the road and unfortunately, don't use the crosswalks like they're supposed to and/or sometimes they're in a hurry to get across and put themselves in danger. And these are, unfortunately, the results, that occur," Luna said.

This stretch of Ramon Road has multiple signs in both English and Spanish telling pedestrians not to cross the street at this location.

The family has set-up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral service costs. Click here if you would like to help.

"Guadalupe or as everyone knows him by 'Silent' was a loving Father, Brother, Son and Friend. We are in need of your help in order to provide funeral services for him," reads the note on the GoFundMe page.

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