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Jeep SUV driver swerves into tree on California Avenue, dies

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The driver of a Jeep SUV struck a tree and died Wednesday night on California Avenue, the Bakersfield Police Department said in a news release.

BPD officers went to the 2100 block of California Avenue around 10 p.m. and found Marcus Allen Munoz, 29, dead after he veered into a center median and struck a tree, the news release said. It is unknown what led the man, driving east, to hit the tree but speed appeared to be a factor, police added in a news release. The Kern County coroner's office said Munoz, from Bakersfield, died at 10 p.m.