Residents Say Speed Possible Factor in Fatal Collision
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CATHEDRAL CITY - One man is dead and another in the hospital after they were hit buy a car Thursday afternoon in Cathedral City. The cause of the fatal crash is still under investigation but residents in the area say Cathedral Canyon, where the crash happened, sees a lot of speeding. "I take this road every night and morning back and forth to work from my house and I realize when I get to this dip, I notice how fast people are going. People are always speeding day and night,” says Cathedral City resident Jayme Moyer. "A lot of people zoom down this road and I know there have been a lot of DUI’s over in this area,” says another Cathedral City resident Linda Becker.
The collision happened about 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Police say two maintenance workers were standing at the back of a truck trailer that had stopped along the curb -- that's where they were hit. "I have seen a police officer that normally sits right here and that is very needed because it kind of slows down the pace of traffic but this is a dangerous stretch. It really is,” says Moyer.
One of the workers was crushed on the collision -- he died at the scene. The other was taken to a hospital. He's been identified by Cathedral City Police as 51-year-old John Macias. "I would not feel comfortable parking on the side of the road, not even if it was an emergency. I just wouldn't feel comfortable,” says Moyer.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision has been identified as 30-year-old Mitchell Sanchez. Police say he is cooperating with the investigation. .
Residents say along Cathedral Canyon, drivers can get distracted. "There's a lot of people who do a lot of crazy things behind the wheel. I don't know where they get their license or where they learn to drive,” says Becker. Residents say the city could add some things to help slow down the speed in the area. "Maybe a speed bump. It's just too far of a distance between the light to the next light,” says Moyer.
Anyone who may have seen the collision or has information is asked to contact the Cathedral City Police Department Watch Commander at 760-770-0313.