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Driver not yet ID’d in fiery crash on Timberhill Drive that killed John Cardenas

Bexar medical examiner: Fing­erprints, dental records, DNA to be used to ID female driver



More tests are needed to identify the driver involved in a fiery crash on Timberhill Drive that killed John Cardenas, 88, as he slept in his home Sunday morning.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office released Cardenas’ name early Monday, but a staff member said the female driver still has not been positively identified.

He said they will be conducting tests for possible fingerprints, trying to locate dental records and DNA information in order to confirm the driver’s identity.

According to a police report, there was “no identifiable information on the vehicle.”

The report stated that the Ford Mustang went out of control on a curve in the 4100 block of Timberhill Drive shortly before 2:30 a.m. The car went through part of a neighbor’s yard before plowing into Cardenas’ home, the report stated.

The car finally came to rest inside the garage portion of the home and burst into flames, the report stated.

A man at a nearby home who identified himself as Cardenas’ grandson said other relatives had been visiting the elderly man up until just a few hours before the crash happened. He said they had watched a football game with Cardenas, then “tucked him in” and left.

He said the family is devastated by his death. No funeral plans had been made as of Monday morning.

Cardenas’ grandson said he and other relatives are curious about a woman who they’ve heard had tried to save him. He said he was told the passerby had broken out a window on the burning home in an effort to reach Cardenas, then began knocking on neighbors’ doors to alert them to the fire.

The grandson said he would like to thank the woman personally.

People continued passing by the remains of the home Monday morning, slowing their cars to taken in the jarring sight. A small bouquet of flowers is affixed to the area where the front door used to be.

Neighbors said the tragedy is the worst possible result of what has been an ongoing problem with speeding on their street. They said they hope something will be done now to get drivers to slow down.



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