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Bicyclist killed in crash with Riverside County Sheriff’s vehicle in Palm Desert

The California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriff's Deputies were investigating a fatal Palm Desert traffic collision Tuesday morning that involved a sheriff's deputy vehicle and a bicyclist. 

The collision happened around 3:40 a.m. on Country Club Drive and Eldorado Drive. Authorities said a deputy struck a bicyclist who died at the scene.

The bicyclist was identified by the Riverside County coroner's office as Christopher Thomas, 33, of Palm Desert.

The CHP had assumed the investigation.

The collision and resulting investigation closed Country Club Drive to traffic between Cook Street and Eldorado Drive.

Drivers can use Frank Sinatra or Hovley Lane East as detours to avoid the closure.

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