Fundraiser launched after Murrieta woman succumbs to injuries

Rosie and her family. Photo screenshot of GoFundMe page. 

A fundraiser has been launched for the family of Rosie Diaz, a Murrieta woman who died after being hit by a vehicle while out on a run with two friends on January 4. As of press time, the GoFundMe page had raised about $32k of its $40k goal to fund funeral expenses and the ongoing care of her high school-aged children.

The accident happened on Nutmeg Street at Washington Avenue, just before 6 am. The GoFundMe has been organized by Rosie’s running club community, Dominique Samario and Joshua Hernandez, on behalf of Omar Gutierrez, according to the GoFundMe page. It states, “Rosie Diaz was an incredible person: mom, partner, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, colleague, friend, and more.

The page continues, “On the morning of January 4, 2024, her life was tragically cut short while doing one of her favorite activities: running. While nothing we do can bring back our amazing friend, we can rally together to support her beautiful family. Rosie is survived by her three children, Josh, Nathan, and Lexi, her partner, Omar, her mother, siblings, and her incredible family, to whom she was very close.”

The GoFundMe page asks people to “Share a memory of Rosie in the comments if you can. We will make sure everything gets to the family.”

Many posts mentioned Rosie’s smile.  Here is one from the Armenta/Patterson Family:

“Rosie and I were coworkers and friends. We had many conversations over the last few years and I’m still in shock that there won’t be any more. In these conversations with her, I came to know what many already know—that she was one of the kindest, loving, and most helpful people. She had a joy about her that was contagious. She was a beautiful person inside and out, and I’m thankful to have known her and to be able to call her my friend. I will never forget the positive impact she had on my life.”

The driver has not been charged, but the investigation is ongoing, and anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call Murrieta Police Traffic Investigator Ryan Marin at 951-200-9756 or

Julie Reeder
Julie Reeder