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Brea man dies after crashing into light pole

A 71-year-old male driver suffering from an unknown medical condition died after crashing into several cars along a one-mile stretch of roadway before hitting a light pole in Placentia, authorities said Saturday.

Robert Allen Williamson was driving a Toyota Prius east on Imperial Highway in Brea on Friday about 7:50 p.m. when he suddenly became incapable of controlling the car, Brea Police Lt. Darrin Devereux and an Orange County coroner’s investigator said.

As the Prius struck several cars, Williamson’s 71-year-old wife, who was in the passenger seat, attempted to steer the car until it crashed near the intersection of Imperial Highway and Rose Drive in Placentia, Devereux said.

Williamson, a Brea resident, was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His wife was also taken to the hospital but appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries.

No other injuries were reported.


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