Fatal Traffic Collision / Homicide Arrest


On Monday, December 13, 2021, at 8:20 P.M., deputies assigned to the Thermal Station responded to a traffic collision involving a white GMC Sierra and a red Chevrolet Camaro at the intersection of Cesar Chavez Street and Cairo Avenue in the city of Coachella. Deputies arrived within minutes and found the passenger of the Chevrolet Camaro unresponsive. Life saving measures were taken; however, the passenger succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) responded and assumed the investigation.

The driver of the Camaro, Guermocindo Gonzalez, 32 years of Coachella, displayed objective signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and was found to be at fault for the traffic collision.  Gonzalez was arrested and booked at the John Benoit Detention Center, in the city of Indio, for homicide.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Nevins with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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