Driver found dead at wheel of car in Lake Elsinore

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A man was found dead behind the wheel of a car parked near a Lake Elsinore intersection Thursday, Jan. 21, but no foul play was suspected. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was spotted by passersby shortly after 1 p.m. near the Ortega Highway and Grand Avenue, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Witnesses could not immediately determine if the individual was sleeping or something worse, so they called 911, sheriff’s Sgt. Lionel Murphy said. Patrol deputies arrived within a couple of minutes and attempted to get the driver’s attention but quickly realized he was unresponsive, Murphy said. County fire paramedics were summoned and staged nearby. The car was locked, and the deputies forcibly opened it, confirming that the man was dead.
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