Police identify driver killed in crash near Lebanon bakery; speed and alcohol were contributing factors

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LEBANON, Ind. (Aug. 28, 2015) – Alcohol and speed were factors in the early Friday morning crash that killed a driver and left two people injured outside a Lebanon bakery, police said.

The crash happened around 6 a.m. in the 800 block of West South Street/State Road 32 in front of Titus Bakery. Investigators said a gray Ford Mustang was speeding while going westbound and lost control. The car went off the road and continued into the parking lot at the Bakery, striking three parked cars.

The driver was identified as Robert G. Cole, 21, Lebanon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The impact sent one of the parked cars into Jane Willhite, 76, Lebanon, who was standing outside the bakery. Lebanon police said she was critically hurt.

Paul Reagan, 78, was also hurt. His Boone Area Transit Service truck was one of the vehicles hit. Reagan suffered minor injuries, police said.

Some of the parked cars hit the bakery building, which was evacuated until investigators determined it was safe. Titus Bakery remained open while police gathered evidence at the scene.

The Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team is investigating. Alcohol and speed were believed to be factors, police said.

The crash closed the road for more than two hours. It reopened around 8:40 a.m.

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