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04/22/2013 03:22 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed Near Coachella, Hit By Man Allegedly Under The Influence

A Coachella festival worker died Saturday after being hit by a car outside the festival grounds.

Monte Gardner, a 59-year-old man from La Verne, was riding a motorcycle when he was hit by a Toyota Corolla at about 8 a.m., KMIR reports. The accident occurred because the car reportedly failed to stop at an intersection.

The driver of the car, 54-year-old Palm Desert resident David Brennan, was allegedly under the influence of a controlled substance and there was a warrant out for his arrest, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. Brennan was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.

Both men were taken to hospitals, and Gardner was pronounced dead at 11:21 a.m., City News Service reports. Officials closed the road until about 5 p.m. while an investigation was being conducted.

America Lugo, a shuttle driver for the festival, wrote on local news site mydesert.com that Gardner was “full of smiles every time."

“It’s a sad day!,” she wrote. “He was a man with a great heart.”

Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information to call 760-863-8990.

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