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Police Sunday were trying to figure out why a 48-year-old driver was found dead without apparent injuries in a slow-speed crash into a Long Beach utility pole.

They speculated that the driver may have died from a “medical emergency.”

“There was minimal damage to the vehicle as it impacted the light pole at slow speed south of the intersection with Driscoll Street,” according to a police statement.

“The driver didn’t appear to have any injuries from the collision and it appeared that the driver might have suffered a medical emergency at the time of the incident. There were no passengers in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved.”

The dead driver was identified as Jeff Lee of Long Beach, according to coroner’s Lt. Brian Kim. Autopsy findings were deferred pending additional investigation.

Officers responded about 4:35 a.m. Friday to a report of a crash at the intersection of Studebaker Road and Driscoll Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“When officers arrived, they discovered a 2016 Honda Civic collided with a wooden power line pole causing it to collapse,” according to a police statement.

The Honda, driven by Lee, was northbound on Studebaker when the crash occurred, police said.

No one witnessed the crash, police said.

Long Beach Fire Department paramedics pronounced Lee dead at the scene.

–City News Service

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