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Man hit by car crossing street in Indio, in stable but serious condition

12-10 INDIO PED AXE

A man is fighting to recover from serious injuries after he was hit by a car Tuesday afternoon while crossing the street, police said.

Next to a white Nissan and a Target shopping cart on Fred Waring Drive, more than 60 evidence markers lined the street amid scattered belongings as police documented the scene for hours — all remnants of a crash early Tuesday afternoon.

Police said when they arrived on scene shortly after 1 p.m., they found the man lying in the street and sent him to the hospital where he was treated. He was in stable condition Tuesday night.

And while the investigation remains ongoing, police said there are some early indications as to why it may have occurred.

"At this point, we can see the pedestrian who appears was pushing a grocery cart was crossing on a non-designated area of the crosswalk," said Ben Guitron with Indio Police Department. "In other words, the east side of this intersection is not marked down for crossing but the west side is, so the person that was crossing at the time was in the non-marked area."

As police took photographs and measurements, their investigation diverted drivers during the busy evening commute, with only the left turning lane open as cars were directed onto Burr Street.

Traffic was backed up through the next intersection.

Police say the driver of the white Nissan is cooperating with investigation.

"Of course, we're also going to find out what the driver was doing at the time," Guitron said. He said drugs are alcohol are not suspected to have played a role.

If you have any information about this accident, call Indio Police or Valley Crimestoppers at (760) 341-STOP.

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