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Riverside County, California – April 22, 2012

A motorist died Sunday following a mysterious collision in the Cathedral City area, police say.

Officers with the Cathedral City Police Department believe that Cathedral City resident Christopher Spears, 49, was behind the wheel of a vehicle as it traveled south on Date Palm Drive. As Mr. Spears passed Varner Road, around 12:55 a.m., his vehicle left the roadway and hit a utility pole.

Investigators are exploring the possibility that he suffered a medical episode. A post-mortem examination is planned.

Witnesses are asked to call (760) 770-0300 with any additional information. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the number of fatalities along America’s roadways declined in 2010 for the fifth-straight year. The total number of highway deaths last year was 32,788, down 3 percent over 2009.

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