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John Venezia, son of the man a Colorado Springs park was named after, passes away following a crash in Colorado Springs that caused a power outage

Crash in downtown Colorado Springs likely the cause of a power outage. 5/9/22.
Crash in downtown Colorado Springs likely the cause of a power outage. 5/9/22.(KKTV)
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 4:18 PM MDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 7:24 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A serious crash caused a power outage in downtown Colorado Springs on May 9. Tragically, the driver of the vehicle passed away.

Just after 4 p.m., on May 9, about 1,400 customers in the downtown area lost power following a crash near East Cucharras Street and Wahsatch Avenue. According to firefighters at the scene, the driver likely had a medical condition which caused them to crash into a pole. According to police, the driver passed away at the scene.

A week later, the Colorado Springs Police Department announced the coroner’s office identified the driver as 55-year-old John Venezia.

“The coroner’s office determined that Venezia died as a result of natural causes and not from any injuries or trauma from the crash,” part of a news release read.

Power was fully restored at about 5:30 p.m.

11 News confirmed with an official with the City of Colorado Springs that the person who died was the son of the man John Venezia Community Park was named after. The park was given the name after John Venezia worked among others to help develop the Briargate area of Colorado Springs.

Click here for John Michael Venezia’s obituary.

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