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53-year-old killed in suspected DUI crash in Indio, suspect jailed

A driver was killed Tuesday night and another driver was arrested in Indio following a traffic collision police said was possibly alcohol or drug-related. 

First responders responded to Indio Springs Parkway at 9:45 p.m. just east of Golf Center Parkway and near the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino. That's where police said two vehicles, a white GMC pick-up truck, and a white Saturn sedan were involved in a wreck.

The head-on collision required firefighters to cut one driver and passenger from the Saturn's wreckage.

A police spokesman, Benjamin Guitron, said the Saturn's driver died at a hospital and a passenger was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

The driver was identified as Martin Gutierrez, 53, of Indio.

Guitron said the driver of the GMC pick-up truck had signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was taken into custody. 

The suspected DUI driver, a 36-year-old man, was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio. He faces murder charges and remained held on $2 million bail, county jail records show.

An investigation closed the roadway for much of the night and morning hours, but the road reopened Wednesday morning.

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