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Bicyclist killed in crash with Riverside County deputy

A cyclist was killed early Tuesday after a crash with an on-duty Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy was driving his department-issued car at the time of the crash, which occurred near Country Club Drive and Eldorado Drive in Palm Desert, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“The deputy was not operating his vehicle in an emergency response mode at the time of the collision,” Lt. Christopher Ternes said in a news release.

Sheriff’s deputies “immediately” provided aid to the cyclist, who died at the scene, according to the release.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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