Driver killed after crashing SUV into utility pole, bakery identified

Victim identified as Richard Charles Dennis, 61; crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near intersection of Fredericksburg Road, N. Zarzamora

SAN ANTONIOUpdated Dec. 13:

The victim was identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office as Richard Charles Dennis, 61.

Original Story:

A 61-year-old man is dead after he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole and then into the front of a bakery early Tuesday morning, according to San Antonio police.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Fredericksburg Road and North Zarzamora Street, not far from Interstate 10.

According to police, the man was driving a 2004 Lincoln Aviator northbound on Fredericksburg Road when, for an unknown reason, he lost control of his vehicle and drove across the southbound lanes and crashed into both a utility pole and into the front of a bakery.

Police said firefighters had to cut the roof off the sport utility vehicle in order to rescue the pinned driver. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he later died. The name of the man killed has not yet been released.

SAPD said no other vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash. No one was hurt inside the bakery. It is also unclear when the bakery will next be able to open.

The San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department and EMS all responded to the call.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, police said.

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